After Molle finished high school, he began a three-year apprenticeship under his father, at the glass plant.
"That kind of business was family, and it was passed down, from father and son on down," Molle's sister recalled. "It was a good job, and he just stayed with that."
But Molle's apprenticeship was interrupted by war.
Molle was drafted into the U.S. Army. He did basic training at King College, in Bristol, Tenn. He also had stops in Avon Park, Fla., and Macon, Ga., before he was sent to Okinawa, where he was stationed during the war.
As a pilot, he flew missions in the Pacific Theater in a B-25 Mitchell, a twin-engine medium bomber.
His sister said he loved flying but didn't pursue it after he came home and rarely talked about his wartime service.
"At that time, I was only about 12 and my brother did not talk a great deal of it, it was just something that was in his past," Morrison said. "A lot of men like to talk about it and discuss it, but he didn't. He was just a quiet person. He did his duty and came home and wanted to put it behind him."
Molle returned home and resumed his life.
He became a full-time glasscutter and joined the union.
Every day until the plant closed in 1980, Molle would use a steel and copper tool with a diamond point -- a little smaller than a hammer -- to score and cut glass to customers' specifications.
He played the vibraphone (another variant on the xylophone) in two dance bands through the '40s and '50s: the Johnny Combs Orchestra and his father's band, the George Molle Orchestra.
"He was about the best vibes player in the area," Morrison said.
He joined the local musicians union.
He drove his sister and her friend to and from practice at the Charleston Ballet.
"I met Mary Lou at the Charleston Ballet and I lived in the East End then," said Jean Moran, who was 19 when she first met Molle. "He would always drop me off. We lived where the Culture Center is. I always thought he was so handsome -- he was about 33 then -- I guess I had a little crush on him."
Moran and her husband ended up buying a house on Staunton Avenue, not far from Molle in Kanawha City. She still dances ballet once a week, on Tuesday nights, with Morrison and others.
Molle retired when Libbey-Owens-Ford closed in 1980. The plant, which had about 1,200 employees in the 1950s, was down to about 300 then.
Molle's father had died eight years earlier and Molle became almost a full-time caregiver for his mother, until she died in 1987.
For 30 years, Morrison had been visiting from Huntington, once a week or so, first to help with their mother, and then to help Molle with his own health and doctors appointments and such.
More recently, she would come and stay for a few nights to help out.
"She'd always ask him what he wanted to eat," Moran said. "She would make a big pot of vegetable soup with beef, or a beef roast, and then he would eat off that."
Morrison and Moran each described Molle as not just a gentleman, but a "gentle man."
The three of them celebrated Molle's 90th and Mary Lou's 80th birthday last year with a dinner at Bob Evans.
"He was a contented man," Moran said. "That's a good word for George. He always said he had a good life."
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