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George Dillard Lazzell III

October 22, 2021 | 3 comments

George Dillard Lazzell III went to be with Jesus on October 18, 2021, at age 74. He was born December 14, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the only child of Myrtle Marie Morgan & George Dillard Lazzell, Jr. George graduated high school in Indianapolis in 1965, and enlisted in the US Army in 1967. He was later stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska, and enjoyed the area so much that he returned to live in Alaska a few years after his discharge from the Army. He met his beloved wife Lorraine Marlene Griggs in Anchorage, AK, and they were married March 21, 1981. George achieved an MBA degree in 1989 from Alaska Pacific University and worked in information technology most of his life. He and his family moved to Hot Springs, SD in 1995. When his children were grown and graduated, he and Lorraine moved to Cashton, WI in 2004, where he lived until the end of his life.

George deeply loved his blended family of four children and seven grandchildren, and spent a great deal of time visiting each of their widespread locations and remaining involved in all of their lives. He was a gifted writer, and had recently finished an autobiography of his life written for his family and close friends. He was candid about his struggles, flaws, and his journey as he grew in his relationship with Jesus Christ. George loved photography, and could always be seen with a camera around his neck to capture any family trip. He gifted his family many digital slideshows to commemorate their adventures together, always accompanied by his favorite contemporary Christian music from decades past. George also owned a Christian contemporary record shop in Anchorage AK, “CornerStone,” which included the motto:  “The ROCK which the builders rejected”.  He was involved in the promotion and organization of Christian contemporary music in Anchorage, and once was introduced at one as “The oldest living teenager in Alaska”.  George had a lifelong love of music that included more than CCM:  He played several instruments including his beloved 12 string guitar, which his dad purchased for him when George was 16.  He approached life with unquenchable joy and humor, and was known for his sharp wit.

George was an active member of First Free Church in Onalaska: he was a lifelong student of God’s word and assembled courses on Biblical history which remain viewable online. He enjoyed traveling and exploring, and his family had the privilege of accompanying him as he embarked on his ultimate journey: Transitioning to heaven to be with his Savior, Lord Jesus Christ.

Preceded in death by his father George Dillard Lazzell, Jr., mother Myrtle Marie Morgan Lazzell and a half-sister Barbara Morris.

George is survived by children Gabriel (Melanie) Rabjohn, Heidi (Josh) Besancon, Megan (Shannon) Hagenson, and Ryan (Tracey) Lazzell, as well as grandchildren Jadehya Emter, Corryn Emter, Benjamin Rabjohn, Madaleigh Wade, Gryphon Besancon, Mikah Hagenson, and Stella Hagenson.

His family looks forward to the day they all will celebrate being reunited with George in heaven.

Memorial service will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to The Benevolent Fund of First Free Church, 123 Mason St, Onalaska, WI 54650.

Last song George was interested in learning.


The Divided Kingdom of Israel & Matthew Series





  1. Darrell & Jeanie Garner

    Dear Lorraine and family,
    You all have our sympathy on the passing of your beloved husband and father, George. I can still hardly believe it. I am so thankful we had that meal together , your & Georges’ treat for our 80th Birthdays, little did we all know it would be our last. We are also thankful, that he gave us one of his books , that gave us a big insight into his life. We will always remember his lessons in Adult Sunday School at First Free, you both did such a good job together. We rejoice knowing he is in the presence of his Savior, that we knew he loved and followed. We are so blessed by our memories of him. Our prayers are now with you, Lorraine, his beloved wife and family. May God be with you, for peace and comfort.

  2. Peter Helstad

    Dear Lorraine,

    George was an incredible gift to me. His honesty and directness exemplified the glory of God’s grace in Christ to me during the time I got to know him.

    May the resurrection power of Christ sustain and encourage you.


    Peter & Sheryl Helstad

  3. Aarica Stallman

    Dearest Lorraine and Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you all at this time. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers for many days, weeks, months to come. May God hold you all close and keep you in perfect peace.💐


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