The Obit For George Hanges

George Hanges

Published in The Oklahoman on January 17, 2013 January 1926 - December 24, 2012

VILLAGES, FL George J. Hanges passed away on December 24, 2012 in The Villages, Florida where he lived with his daughter Sherry and her domestic partner Marvin Bomber.

George was born in Oklahoma City on January 10, 1926 to Dimitri and Athena Hanges. He was the second of three sons of Greek imigrants. George was married to Louise Warthen Hanges for 35 years until her death in 1983.

George passed away leaving many wonderful memories and heartwarming experiences with family and friends.

While attending Willard Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High and Central High he loved to play baseball. He practiced and developed his baseball skills so well that when he was a senior in high school he was recruited and established a professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league team in Olean, New York.

After his baseball career George was employed with Nelson Industrial Paint Contractors until his retirement. He was admired and loved by those who knew him and called him "Papa George".

During his last years he played golf, bocce ball and was an avid fan of the local baseball teams. But most of all, he doted on his granddaughter Angela who played high school softball and basketball. He never missed any of her games.

George was preceded in death by his wife Louise Warthen Hanges, his parents Dimitri and Athena Hanges and his oldest brother Tom J. Hanges.

He is survived by his loving daughter who cared for him in her home for many, many years, his granddaughter Angela, and close family member of the home, Marvin Bomer.

He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Gus and Betty Hanges of Fairfield, Ohio, his sister Patricia Hanges Rigler of Oklahoma City, his nephew Brad Rigler, wife Connie and great nephew Christopher of Rockwall, Texas, nephews James T. Hanges of Incline Village, Tahoe, James C. Hanges and wife Neila of Fairfield, Ohio, Walter Paul (Butch) Hanges, wife Paula, sons Travis, Kyle, Jordan and daughter Brooke, Hudsonville, Michigan and great nieces Kara Hanges, husband Patric, Katie Elfers, husband Greg and Constance Hanges, Fairfield, Ohio.

All of his family will miss him and his sweet smile.

A memorial service will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to the St. George Foundation.