R.I.P.

14 10 2009
Ill Miss You

I'll Miss You

Grandpa, 79, died Tuesday October 13, 2009 at home. Grandpa was born on November 8, 1921 in Waynesboro, PA . He met Anna, his wife to-be when he was 15 years old. They have been happily married since 1942. Grandpa leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Anna and four children: George R. (Rob) III (Judy), Chryle Ann (deceased 1994), Susan (Jerry) and Karen . He also leaves seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lucien , sister Jane , and daughter Chryle. Grandpa graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1941 where he ran track and played football under coach Rip Engle. He spent his summers working with the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the U.S. Army. Grandpa also helped organize and played semi-professional football for the Waynesboro Tigers. Grandpa is a retired Army Sergeant First Class. During WW II, he served in the South Pacific with the 5th U.S. Air Force, island hopping from southern tip of New Guinea to Luzon, Philippines. He also served in the Korean Conflict with the PA National Guard’s 176th Armor Self-Propelled Artillery from Puson to the Iron Triangle. He received numerous combat ribbons and awards. In October 1943, Grandpa crossed the Equator and went through the initiation to receive his “shellback” from King Neptune. He worked as Chief, Small Arms Repair Shop. His love was auctioneering. He was offered the opportunity to conduct an auction sale for surplus Army, Navy and Air Force equipment which subsequently led to becoming the first DoD government auctioneer. That career move transferred him to the Defense Supply Agency in Cameron Station, VA, and in 1962 to Battle Creek, MI, where he helped start the Defense Property Disposal Service. His auctioneering career spanned over 20 years. He conducted DoD government auctions in most States, including Hawaii and Alaska. He was a two-time recipient of the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award; the Civilian of the Year (1965), and the “Million Mile” Award from United Airlines. He was youth counselor, Boy Scout Leader, Binder Park Zoo docent, volunteer at Kellogg Forest, avid hunter and fisherman. He owned and operated a nursery. Since retirement he traveled extensively including a travel trailer trip to and from Alaska. He is a member of the Westlake Presbyterian Church; a 32nd degree Mason, V.F.W. and a Kentucky Colonel. He received the “Lion of the Year” award from Everglade City, FL Lion’s Club. His smile and humor will be missed by all.  Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society.

(edited to respect our privacy, but not for grammar.)

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18 responses

14 10 2009
daisyfae

awww… he sounds so wonderful!

14 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

It’s amazing how much stuff you forget… after reading this, I totally remembered when he used to work at the zoo and I got to go behind the scenes…

14 10 2009
Connie

Remembering these things always gives you an idea of your own sense of self. He will live on through you! He accomplished quite a bit. Again you have my sincerest condolences.

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

thank you very much.

14 10 2009
sammy25

I’m sorry about your loss 😦

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

thank you.

14 10 2009
Anonymous

we have so much to learn from our elders , but young people don’t have time to listen, to learn… Every Grampa lost is a lose to all … my sincere condoliances.J

14 10 2009
Melissa

I’m sorry for your loss.

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

aw, why thanks.

15 10 2009
daffy

79 wonderful full years. Your love and respect shines through. I’m thinking of you. *hugs* xx

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

after I posted this, I realized that the math was TOTALLY wrong… he was 88… but thank you 🙂
(things are much improved)

15 10 2009
S. Le

I heart his photo and think he will be missed by loads of people. What a wonderful man!

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

He is and will be missed.

16 10 2009
Tony

My condolences on your loss. By his photo he looks like he was a wonderful man

19 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

picture tells a thousand stories.
Thank you.

24 10 2009
Maggie Mae

Thank you Grandpa for your service to our country, you sound like a great man.
My father served in the Philippines, who knows you may have crossed paths.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends you left behind.

25 10 2009
Stephanie of Stopbouncing

and thank you for your thoughts.

4 01 2010
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