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George W. Kellogg, 93, of Palm Harbor, FL, beloved husband of Sheila M. Kellogg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. He was born April 26th, 1920, in Adams Center, N.Y., the youngest of William N. and Ethel Kellogg's six children. In 1942, he graduated from Alfred University (NY), with a degree in Ceramic Engineering, and began his career as a draftsman with ALCOA in Niagara Falls. A WWII Navy veteran, George served as a Radar/Sonar Instructor at Navy Pier, Chicago, from 1944-1946, before rejoining ALCOA as Superintendent of their St. Lawrence aluminum smelter.
George relocated his young family to Woodsfield, OH, in 1955, when he accepted a position with ORMET Corp. as General Superintendent of Production & Maintenance. During his years in Woodsfield, George served as the Director of Citizens National Bank in Woodsfield, OH, as well as the Director of the American National Red Cross of Monroe County.
In 1968, George was offered the role of Assistant Works Manager with National-Southwire Aluminum (NSA) of Hawesville, KY. During his seventeen-year tenure with NSA, George was very active in the daily operations of NSA's aluminum reduction facilities in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Trinidad, earning him the company's Distinguished Service Award in 1980 for his major contributions to the company's success. George's philosophy of service extended to his community as well, where he was highly respected for his contributions to, and involvement in, several organizations, including area chambers of commerce. George retired as Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Manager of NSA in 1985.
Shortly thereafter, he and his devoted wife, Sheila, moved to Florida, where his sons' construction company built them a lovely home in Palm Harbor. It is there, George said, that he "enjoyed the happiest years of his life", surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, and Florida sunshine. A jack-of-all-trades, with a particular talent for woodworking, George delighted in constructing toys for his grandchildren including dollhouses, hobby horses, and birdhouses. He also reveled in sharing his carpentry skills with his grandchildren as well as the neighborhood children who regularly poked their heads into George's garage shop to see what was "under construction".
George's legacy of love and selfless devotion to family, friends, and community will be treasured, remembered and carried on by his loving wife of 35 years, Sheila M. Kellogg; his four sons, John (Barbara) of Odessa, FL, Jim (Donna) of St. Pete Beach, FL, Rob (Ginny) of Tampa, FL, and Dan of Owensboro, KY; three stepsons, Mark d'Oliveira (Helen) of Mountain View, CA , Tuck d'Oliveira of Newnan, GA, and Mike d'Oliveira (Jerri) of Murfreesboro, TN; three stepdaughters, Celia d'Oliveira (Meg) of Lexington, MA, Alyce Vilines (Rick) of Villa Hills, KY, Kathy Brown (Martin) of Palm Harbor, FL; twenty-one grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held 1pm Saturday April 5th at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 2550 Highlands Blvd. North, Palm Harbor, FL. For an extended obituary and ceremony information, please visit www.mossfeasterpalmharbor.com.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation.