George H. Palmer

George H. Palmer, 53, senior vice president of Serigraph Inc. in West Bend, died of natural causes Saturday, Sept. 30. 2006 during a business trip to China.

George was in charge of business development in Asia. He recently developed and managed a project for 60 million toy cars for a Happy Meals program for McDonaldís, which bought the license for promotions from the animated movie "Cars."

After working on similar programs last week, he died at the Metro Hotel in Shenzhen.

An artist as well as a businessman, George held a bachelorís degree in art from Florida State University and a masterís degree in information technology from Northwestern University.

"George lived his life with great gusto and was passioate about work and friendships in graphics," said Mike Palm, chief operating officer at Serigraph.

"He loved to travel, learn about other people and bring his creativity to bear on graphics projects."

He had learned basic Mandarin.

George worked his way up at Serigraph, starting as an artist and becoming an expert at digital prepress. His division won several printing patents.

He was a member of its 25-Year Club.

George was a former director of Printing Industries of Wisconsin and a director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.

He was an avid hunter, angler and golfer.

Born in Westwood, N.J., George grew up in West Bend and graduated from high school in Vero Beach, Fla.

He married Chris Koenig, who was also employed at Serigraph, in 1981.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, George C. and Bradley, also an artist; his mother, Mary Heimbach of Vero Beach; and a sister, Jacqueline (Alan) Rudominer of Fresno, Calif.

He is further survived by two brothers-in-law, Richard (Kathy) Koenig and Alan (Diane) Koenig; a sister-in-law, Susan (Terry) Trepte; and his mother-in-law, Delores Koenig.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Palmer; a brother, John Palmer; and two stepfathers, Cameron Bennallack and Phil Heimbach.

Funeral services are pending at the Philip Funeral Home, West Bend, 338-2050.