George Reddig Uibel , 94, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2022 at his home in Layton, Utah. He was born on January 19, 1928 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Charles Dewey Uibel and Ruth Reddig. The oldest of four boys, he was the ringleader of their many adventures in rural Reamstown and Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
Fascinated by aviation, he would watch in awe as airplanes of his youth would barnstorm local communities. Although he was too young to join the Armed Forces during World War II, he spent time as a plane spotter in the fields of Pennsylvania. He remained an expert at identifying airplanes in flight from the ground throughout his life. George joined the Navy in 1946 and served aboard the destroyer-minesweeper, USS Gherardi (DMS-30), touring between Charleston, SC and the Caribbean for two years of duty.
In 1958 George moved to Utah to become the 28th employee of Thiokol Corp, producer of Minuteman missiles and the Space Shuttle’s solid booster rockets, where he retired in 1992 as the director of the Publications Division.
Art was George’s lifelong passion. From an early age he wanted to be an artist and in 1952 graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. Throughout his life George was constantly painting, drawing, studying art, and buying art books. He loved attending art conferences and visiting art museums worldwide, the most memorable being a pilgrimage he and Anita made to the historic studio of his favorite artist, Paul Cezanne, in southern France.
George is survived by his wife Anita Christensen Uibel and stepdaughters Kerry Ferguson (Scott Ferguson), Salt Lake City, UT, Melissa Child (Michael Child), Riverton, UT; his sons Charles Edmund Uibel (Crystal Uibel), Salt Lake City, UT, John Reddig Uibel (Jill Uibel), American Fork, UT from his second marriage to Gloria Norr, now deceased; and two children, George Diem Uibel (Isabel Uibel), San Carlos, CA, Marjorie Ann Hollander (Jim Manley), Thousand Oaks, CA, from his first marriage to Harriet Diem, now deceased; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brothers Emil and Stanley. His brother Jack preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Rd, Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, November 4, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday prior to the funeral service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Kaysville Cemetery.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of George’s obituary page.