George Dezso, 85
LAKELAND, FLORIDA—On October 29, 2019, George Dezso passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland, Florida with his wife and daughter by his side. Born May 21, 1934 in Delray (Detroit), Michigan to George and Elizabeth Dezso, formerly of Hungary.
His lifelong interest in bodybuilding began as a teenager, placing second in his weight class. He passed this passion on to his sons and their friends, opening “George’s Body Shop” to all who were interested. An avid skier and golfer, he spent many weekends on the slopes of Cliffs Ridge and the Colorado Rockies with family and friends and the Marquette Golf Club “Heritage” course, proudly achieving three Holes In One over the course of 50 years of playing the game.
His passion for motorcycles began as a young adult and continued until the last few years when dementia prevented him from riding. His passion for riding was shared with his wife, traveling all over the country on their bike and meeting and making many good friends. They were early members of the SEATS motorcycle club in Arizona, participating in many tours and rallies throughout the Southwest.
George’s working career began at Great Lakes Steel on Zug Island in Detroit, Michigan where he began as a laborer and was a blast furnace operator when he left in 1968 to move his family to Marquette where he and his wife, Shirley, owned and operated the Royal Motel for 19 years. He retired from Marquette General Hospital in 1996 after 20 years in the maintenance department, using his extensive knowledge of all things mechanical to help keep the building’s heating plant in good working order. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Arizona where he could ride motorcycles all year long.
He met his wife of 64 years, Shirley Ann Summers, while attending Southwestern High School in Detroit. Together they raised four children: George “Andy” Dezso, Sandra (Mark) Lessard, Gary (Kim) Dezso and Gregory (Barbara) Dezso. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Renee Misuraca and Nicole Kaminski; Ashley, Andrew and Baili Dezso; Jonathan Dezso; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Aaron Dezso, in-laws Henry and Gail Summers, John and Ann Summers and their children Steven, Elizabeth (Beth) and Thomas Summers, Carl Fernelius and nephew John Summers.
A family celebration of his life will be held this summer in Marquette, Michigan.