George B. Kehrwecker

August 05, 1918 ‒ December 01, 2007

Mount Gilead, Ohio

George B. Kehrwecker, 89, of Mount Gilead died Saturday morning, December 1, 2007 at his home.

He was born on August 5, 1918 in Westfield Township, in Morrow County, the son of the late Frank J. and Lula Marie (Torrey) Kehrwecker.

George was a 1936 graduate of Cardington High School.

After graduation he worked a short time for HPM before leaving for the service.

On April 17, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army. George crossed the Pacific on the Troop Ship SS John Lykes. It was there, with the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations that he served as a warehouse foreman with the 623rd Quartermaster Railhead Company. His duties included but were not limited to; supervising over 100 enlisted men and prisoners of war in receiving, handling, and moving of supplies and equipment and the preparation of maintenance and stock records. Assigned personnel to duties. He also came under enemy artillery and aerial bombing attacks while performing these duties.

For his service he achieved the rank of Staff Sgt. and received the following decorations and citations; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal World War II.

On November 16, 1946, shortly after his discharge, George married his loving wife Mary M. Hough in Kentucky. They just celebrated 61 wonderful years together.

It was also at that time that George returned to HPM, where he worked as a machinist until his retirement in 1983; a commitment of 42 years.

He served as the Sexton at Rivercliff Cemetery for 5 years and was on the Credit Union Board.

He held memberships in the Jenkins-Vaughn Post 97 American Legion for 58 years and the Galion Moose Lodge 303 for 48 Years. George was a volunteer with the State Highway Patrol Auxillary, helping with traffic control on the Port Clinton Bridge. He also bowled in leagues in Galion for many years.

George loved flying. Whether it was out of one of the larger Ohio airports or the Morrow County Airport, he flew as much as he could. A particularly fond memory was flying with Ron to Chicago for a plastics convention. Heaven to George would be a long flight on a small plane.

You may remember George and his affinity for sweets. Ice cream to pies to hard tack candy, he could not help himself. Even towards the end he had candy bars stashed in his bed.

He was extremely particular, a perfectionist. From his routine morning bowl of corn flakes to washing his tractor, George wanted everything put in its place. That included most everything, because George saved it all.

George’s most important attributes were those of his caring and helpful nature. You could always count on him to be there in times of need. He also had a fighter’s spirit; never giving up hope that he would pull through.

He will be missed by his wife Mary, and their three children Kenneth (Jean) Kehrwecker of Port Clinton, Gary (Teri) Kehrwecker of Mount Gilead and Joyce (Ron) Underwood of Mount Gilead; seven grandchildren Kimberly Kehrwecker Hensley (Sonny) Buford of Humble, Texas, DunDee Kehrwecker of Port Clinton, Steve (Amanda) Underwood of Mount Gilead, Lori (Bill)Walters of Chesterville, Shawn Kehrwecker of Mount Gilead, Mandy Kehrwecker of Mount Gilead, and Tyler Underwood, U.S. Coast Guard, Yorktown, Virginia; two great grandchildren Michael Underwood of Mount Gilead and Gage Walters of Chesterville; and a sister Martha Porter of Ashley.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday December 8, 2007 at the Glendale Cemetery in Cardington at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Pam Lamb-Hart officiating.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Arrangements have been placed in care of Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.