Stephen G. Germick, formerly of Forty Fort, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his home in Houston, Texas, where he had resided since 1956.
Born Dec. 14, 1916, in Swoyersville, son of the late Joseph and Anna Cushner Germick, he moved to Forty Fort at an early age. He lettered in football, basketball and track at Forty Fort High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown State Teacher's College, where he also lettered in football and basketball.
Following his strong interest in aviation, Steve enrolled in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and completed flight training at airports in Forty Fort, Scranton and Bloomsburg. After receiving his private and commercial licenses and instrument instructor rating, he was assigned as an instructor to the U.S. Air Force Southeast Training Command at Carlstrom Field, Fla., where he taught cadets the art of flying. In 1943, he became a test pilot for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. at Bethpage, Long Island, testing fighter planes for the U.S. Navy
. At war's end, he flew for Pan American Airways out of LaGuardia and Kennedy airports.
He accepted a position with the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Organization in 1948 and served as a personal pilot for executives Branch Rickey and Walter O'Malley. Steve was later employed by Texaco Oil Co., where he worked for 25 years as manager of its Houston Aviation Division, retiring in 1976.
He and his wife, Rose, were charter members of Champions Golf Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Whitmore Germick, formerly of Rockland, Maine; and brothers, Joseph, George, Daniel, Willard and Elmer.
Surviving are a sister, Rita Bruggemann, Oradell, N.J.; brother-in-law, Charles (Bud) Whitmore, Rockland, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in Thomaston, Maine.