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George J. Hoerter

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George J. Hoerter Obituary
LEBANON - Hoerter, George J., 92, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Village of Lebanon.

He was a retired lieutenant colonel, who served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was born in Louisville and graduated from St. X in 1938. He worked as a clerk and salesman for H G Trompeter Wholesale Candy & Tobacco Co., before joining the Army Air Corps. He served as a B-24 pilot in England during World War II, flying missions at night for the OSS and flew C-46's and C-47's during the Korean conflict, and during the Vietnam era, he served as the Base Executive Officer at U-Tapao Thailand, a B-52 bomber base.

After retirement from the Air Force in 1974, he worked for the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co before moving to Lebanon, his wife's hometown, in 1980, where he has been a member of St. Augustine's Church. He was a chairman of the Parish Council in the early '80s and a member of the adult choir since 1981. He also participated in many community activities serving as a board member and president of the Chamber of Commerce in the late 80s, and as a member of the Lebanon Planning and Zoning Commission from 1987 to 2006. In the mid to late 90's he was a board member and chairman of the Marion/Washington County Airport Board, retiring in 2001.

He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus - Marion County Historical Society and was recognized as the Outstanding Chamber member in 1992, and as the Chamber's Outstanding Citizen in 2001. In September 2005 the Lebanon/Springfield Airport was designated as 'George J. Hoerter Field' in his honor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Verna Hoerter, and two brothers, Dr. John E. Hoerter Jr, and Charles Hoerter.

He is survived by May La Motte, his wife of 68 years; two sons and their spouses, George "Joe" and Eureka Hoerter and Sam and Nancy Hoerter; two daughters and their spouses, Dorothy and John Lewis and Mollie and Richard Washburne; and six grandchildren, Amye Lewis, Spalding Lewis, Ph. D, Ensign Alison Matsunaga, Joe Hoerter, Ben Washburne and George Washburne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Church. Burial will be at St. Augustine Cemetery. Visitations will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Bosley Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 21, 2013
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