George Albert Yuska, 92, of Waterloo, formerly of Toledo and Clutier, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michal Mescher as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in rural Clutier. Memorial Visitation will be held from 9 - 10 AM on Friday, November 9 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is handling the arrangements.
George was born on February 2, 1920 in Clutier, the son of Emil and Stella (Chaska) Yuska. He farmed and worked for Pioneer in Toledo for thirteen years, retiring in 1963. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was drafted into the Army on December 1, 1941 with Bernie Novak of Chelsea. George described his service which continued until October 8, 1945 as the best education there is. His first assignment with B Company, 422nd Infantry was to the Aleutian Islands, off of Alaska for a two year duty. George returned to the States for ten months before being transferred to Germany and Austria. During the war, he was assigned to serve as a guard in the camps in addition to a variety of other duties. George was awarded a Good Conduct medal, Asiatic-Pacific medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Theatre medal, American Defense medal, five overseas bars, one service stripe, and an infantry badge. Of his service, George noted, he saw a lot of the world and a lot of different countries. George was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama and a fifty-year member of the Clutier American Legion. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include one brother, Fred Yuska of Marshalltown; one sister, Evelyn Hansen of Waterloo; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.