George E. Painter Jr., age 84, of Willard, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. He had resided at Ohio Veterans Home since June 20, 2013.
He was born March 16, 1929, in Willard, to Viola Tieman Painter and George E. Painter Sr.
He graduated from Willard High School in 1947, and later attended banking schools at Ohio University and University of Wisconsin.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. His service included 11 months in Korea as an infantryman and later a Medic, being awarded both the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Medical Badge.
He was employed by New Departure-Hyatt Division of General Motors Corporation from 1948-1953, Willard United Bank from 1953-1989, retiring as vice president, and the Willard Fire Department from 1953-2011, serving as chief from 1989-1996.
He enjoyed deer hunting, watching Willard sports, fixing items and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard. He served as Treasurer for the Willard Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Willard City Tree Commission. He served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of Hillside Nursing Home. He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler, Treasurer, and Trustee of the Willard Elks 1370. He was a member of the Willard American Legion, Willard VFW and NRA.
George is survived by his wife of 60 years, Naomi (Hendrickson) Painter, whom he married April 25, 1953; three children and their spouses, Mark (Edie) Painter of Willard, Ann Painter of Kettering, Ohio, and Scott (Crystal) Painter of Sunbury, Ohio; six grandchildren, Kent (Becky) Painter of Huron, Ross (Lindsay) Painter of Willard, Carisa Painter of Shelby, Hannah Painter of Wilmington, N.C., Holly Painter of Morehead City, N.C., and Abby Painter of Sunbury; brother, Richard A. Painter of Willard; sister, Marge (Painter) Clark of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; as well as several niece, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores (Painter) Watson in 1986; brother, Duane "Skip" Painter in 2005; brother, Paul Painter in 2005; mother, Viola Painter in 1976; and father, George E. Painter Sr. in 1983.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Secor Funeral Home, Willard. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Willard, Pastor Roger Thompson officiating. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Willard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Willard, the Willard Fire Fighters Association, or Stein Hospice, Sandusky.
Condolences may be made to the family at secorfuneralhomes.com.