George Theunick

George Aloysius Theunick, known as “Fisherman George” by his family and friends, passed from this life on Saturday, December 24, 2022. George was born in Cheboygan, Michigan on January 27, 1953, and started his career as a mason for Marco Masonry when he moved to the Lansing area. He had a hand in building many of the landmark buildings in the Lansing area and would proudly point out “his work” and tell a bit of history about each one as he drove around the area with family.
George married Deborah Brown on November 11, 1978, in Marion, Michigan. George and Deb considered their home near Duck Lake to be a little bit of heaven, with woods and the lake close by. His favorite place to be was by the water, which included a beach, wading a river, and walking a bank. His favorite pastime was fishing, casting a line, reeling it in, all the while creating an abundance of fish stories. He and Deb would spend days fishing and sometimes Deb could keep up as they waded a stream or fished the shore of Platte River Bay.
George and Deb loved going on adventures, canoeing and camping resulting in many “adventure” stories. George’s last big adventure was crossing into Wisconsin on the S.S. Badger. Although fishing was George’s passion, he just loved the outdoors. He enjoyed tending the garden and being out in the woods hunting and trapping, too.
George had an artistic bent, as well, demonstrated in his love of drawing and painting. Recently he brought his own kiln home and made fused glass creations. These included pictures, jewelry, and one of his favorites, a large platter decorated with, what else, a fish!
George loved his family and friends: euchre with his buddies on Fridays and then with his Duck Lake Party Store gang every morning. His granddaughters, Adalyn, Clara, and Lily captivated his heart though, he adored them.
George is survived by his wife, Deborah; his daughter, Elizabeth (Daniel) Fulgham; granddaughters, Lily, Adalyn, and Clara; sister, Irene (Ken) Oliphant; and niece, Jessica. He was predeceased by his father, James Theunick; grandma, Irene Frechen; and aunt and uncle, Betty and Dave Crowner.
Friends are encouraged to support George’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services were Friday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Greg Rinehart officiating.
The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on George’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Parkinson’s Foundation. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.