George David Mirka
December 27, 1938 ‒ October 08, 2019
George David Mirka, age 80, died on Tuesday, October 8th at 12:10 pm in Delaware, Ohio. He had been under Hospice care for 4 1/2 months. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Mirka and Barbara (nee Kurka) and his brother Joseph. He has a sister Judy Orne (nee Mirka) of Parma, Ohio and has numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He stated that his proudest accomplishment was raising three wonderful children and watching them grow and mature. His seven grandchildren, Taylor, Blair, Allison, Cameron, Braden, Grant, and Greyson were always an important part of his life. George is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Judy Ann Mirka (nee Chatfield). He has three children, Gary (Jami) of Ames, Iowa, Beth Mirka of Dublin, Ohio and Tom (Bethany) Mirka of Ostrander, Ohio.
George attended Rhodes H.S. in Cleveland, OH where he earned a full scholarship in football to OSU. He played freshmen football under Coach Woody Hayes and then transferred his scholarship to Track & Field, where he threw shot put and discus. He earned a Master’s Degree from OSU.
He taught Biology and coached football and track at Worthington HS in Columbus, Ohio. He finished his career teaching and coaching at Normandy HS in Parma, OH. He taught and coached for 32 years and retired in 1994. George continued to compete in Masters Track & Field after his retirement.
His hobbies were hunting, fishing, wood working and photography. George and Judy were snowbirds spending six months in Florida each year for fifteen years. He was a member of LifePoint Church, Delaware campus and in Florida he was a member of Covenant Fellowship church in Stuart, Florida.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Lunch will be held immediately following George’s service in the community room.
Memorial contributions are suggested to LifePoint Delaware Campus, 800 W Central Ave, Delaware, OH 43015 or to Covenant Fellowship Church, 2880 S.E. Aster Lane, Stuart, FL 34994.
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