George Thomas Hanchett was born May 10, 1934, in Friendship, New York. He was the middle child with two sisters, Virgina and Amelia.
George grew up in Olean, New York, and graduated from Olean High School in 1952. He worked at the local grocery, store while in high school. During his senior year his family picked up and moved to San Diego, leaving George to finish up high school on his own in New York.
Immediately following his graduation, he flew out to San Diego to be with his family. It was then that he found his lifelong career at Rohr Industries. In 1955 he received a letter from Uncle Sam requiring him to report to service in the US Army. After completing his two years in the service, George returned back to continue his career at Rohr. It was only a few months after his return that he met his soon-to-be wife, Gladys Jahner. After several years of dating, George and Gladys married on October 26, 1963.
George and Gladys made their home in Spring Valley, California, where they raised two wonderful children: Susan and Mark. George was a dedicated father, husband and provider. A skilled handyman to say the least. He worked on countless cars, houses, and numerous do-it-yourself projects. George took pride in every project and no detail was too small. This was a talent that he was able to share with others, and became George’s way of giving back. He was proud of this work he did to help others, and took little other than a thank you in return for his kind gestures. He always said he was extremely blessed to have worked at Rohr for 39 years and make so many lifelong friends. Especially Lyman, they spent countless hours together helping each other and whoever else needed help. From moving Lymans daughter to Seattle, to installing floors and doors, they loved working
Throughout his life George spent his free time doing a variety of hobbies; Including bowling with his wife, waterskiing with Aunt Ceal, dad duties like, helping coach Mark’s sports teams and driving Susan to dance. Even at the age of 51 he was willing and ready to take on a new hobby like riding his stand-up jetskis with Mark, which led him to Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu had a special place in his heart; it was a home away from home for him to share with Gladys, to getaway and relax, and a place to connect with the kids and even the grandkids.
In 1997 he became fully initiated into the Catholic Church at Santa Sophia. George was a grandfather to 6 grandkids, Thomas(24), Daniel(23), Derrick(21), and Michael(20) Skinner, and Spencer(16), and Grant(15) Hanchett.
George always had a positve thing to say and great advice to give. His humor and guidance will be missed but his values and legacy will live on in our heats forever,
George is survived by his daughter Susan Skinner (Robert) of Spring Valley, his son Mark Hanchett (Carline) of Blossom Valley, and his 6 grandsons.
- Date: November 8, 2017
- Location: Singing Hills Memorial Park
- Address: 2800 Dehesa Road El Cajon, CA 92019
- Directions: Singing Hills Memorial Park