George Bernt Billue, 62, of McPherson passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home in McPherson.


George Bernt Billue, 62, of McPherson passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home in McPherson.
His family appreciates all of the support and love he received during his last days.
George was born on Dec. 24, 1948, in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of the late Gaines Harrison “Smokey” and Syvenna (Rogstad) Billue.
George attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Wichita Falls and McPherson Public Schools. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1966.
George graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, attended four Semesters at Sea through Chapman College and received his master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts.
He was an accomplished artist and musician.
George is survived by two sisters, Gayna Veltman of Tulsa, Okla., Julia Catherine Billue of McPherson; five nieces, Cynthia Wood, Laura Solliday, Krista Valluzzo, Syvenna Siebert and Lily Siebert; three nephews, Lee Veltman, Neal Siebert and Kitz Siebert; three great nephews, Harrison, Murphy and Pierson Valluzzo; and three great nieces, MacKenzie and Margana Wood and Clare Valluzzo; many cousins; other relatives; and a host of friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents, G.H. “Smokey” Billue and Syvenna (Rogstad) Billue; and a sister, Sylva B. Billue.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson. Bob Wise will be the eulogist.
Disposition of cremated remains will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Syvenna Billue Foundation in Support of the Arts at Bethany College in Lindsborg in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.