Hi my name is Danielle Gazley. My dad's name is Daniel Gazley, his father, George Gazley. I don't know if my father's father is the same George you are speaking of, but it might be since they both come from Michigan! you may think it's not possible for it to be true because you would expect the years to not mesh, but seeing as i am 16, my father was born in 1953, it is possible that the George's are the same. Anywho, i wanted to tell you that if the Georges are the same, then yes he did die. i can't remember how exactly. it sounds like you have never met him, that is probably because he moved out to California with his wife, three boys, and one girl in 1957, if this is in fact the same George. the dates seem to line up well so i think this may be the George you are looking for! i hope this helps!