Former Pawhuska resident George Allen Tew, 76, of Las Vegas, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
George was born to the late Ernest Garriett and Valeria Irene Tew on April 21, 1937 in Larned, Kan. George spent most of his early years in Kinsley, Kan. where he graduated from high school, married Marcia L. Gunn and began his family. He had wonderful memories of his life in Kinsley and spoke of it often.
George proudly served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky between the Korean and Vietnam wars. After his service, George began his lifelong work in the oilfield. In the 1970’s he founded Tew Testing, in Pawhuska, Okla.m which became a well-respected throughout the state. He grew the company by adding a machine shop and expanded to Texsa, Illinois, and Kentucky. At its pinnacle, Tew Testing was the largest independently-owned oil drill stem testing company in the United States.
His entrepreneurship was evident when he began manufacturing professional throwing knives, which he enjoyed as a hobby. In 1980 George was staying at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, when the hotel was destroyed by a fire. Good decisions were made that kept them alive. He always stayed on the first floor of hotels after that. George later developed a device that would allow a person who was in a fire to escape safely from higher elevations. He was always working on something.
George was diverse in his hobbies. He acquired a pilot’s license early in his life. He also enjoyed sky diving, taking family vacations each year in his motor home, water and snow skiing, and entertaining friends and family. He also enjoyed a good conversation at the donut shop or going to have a piece of pie at the local diner. At one point, he began taking piano lessons. He also enjoyed exposing his kids to all types of places and activities.
Upon retirement, he moved from Oklahoma to Las Vegas, which allowed him to enjoy the Las Vegas lifestyle.
George is survived by his wife Betty (Rexroat- Gore) Tew of Las Vegas, and his two sisters Betty Doughty of Las Vegas and Shirley Marston of Loveland, Colo. He is the beloved father of six children, Jean Tew of Springfield, IL; Eric Tew of Lead, SD; Kirsty Thornton of Wichita, Kan.; Stacy Tew-Lovasz of St. Louis, Mo.; Jeff Gore of Yukon, Okla.; and the late Robert Garriett Tew (1992). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
George, a self-made man, served as a role model encouraging others to recognize their full potential. He enjoyed the good things in life and endured the sadness of losing a son, whom he adored. He worked hard for his accomplishments and he knew his family loved him.
Graveside Services will be held in Garfield, Kan. on Nov 11, 2013. Please call 316-371-1075 for more details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Kinsley, Kan. High School.