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Waylonis, George
1934 - 2018
George Walter Waylonis (b. 9/30/34, d. 2/2/2018). George was born to Walter and Anne Waylonis in Cleveland Ohio. As a depression-era baby, he learned to spend his money and time wisely. George graduated from Collinwood High school in 1952 and Case Western Reserve as an undergraduate in 1956. He financed his way through college and medical school playing accordion and piano in his band "George Waylonis and his College Men." He graduated from Case Western Reserve Medical school in 1960. George had his internship in Philadelphia, followed by his residency at The Ohio State University in 1964. He married Leona Thomas shortly afterward and headed to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California as a two-year repayment for his medical school. His son David was born there in 1965. George and family headed back to Ohio and settled in Columbus where son Daniel was born in 1966. Daniel eventually returned to his father's roots in northern California, where he found fame and fortune (and his wife, Assana Fard). George began working at Riverside Methodist Hospital in the early 1970s, specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. George taught many medical students, interns, and residents over the years and loved his interactions with them. George partnered with John Earl, Jay Powers, John Burhkart, and several other physicians in their medical group, Physical Medicine Associates. George authored 66 publications and abstracts, received countless awards including the national Outstanding Community Service Award, OSU Teacher of the Year and Clinician of the Year for AAPM&R Nov. 3, 2000. George loved practicing medicine, but since his department was in the basement of the hospital, he also loved escaping to the great outdoors. He was always outside, either doing yard work or riding on his bicycle all over Columbus. He also flew a private plane for many years to explore the United States with his family. George was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leona, and son David. Although he experienced much hardship in life, he was not a quitter. He met Suzanne Ballinger in the spring of 1999, and they were married the next year on Valentine's Day. George and Suzanne combined households into one in Columbus. George eventually transitioned to being a part-time physician in Columbus and full-time husband and devoted and loving father of Lohren in Naples, Florida. Many dogs and cats were spoiled by people food at George's hand. George is survived by wife, Suzanne; daughter, Lohren; and son, Daniel. Visitation on February 16 at 4-6 pm at Hodges Funeral Home, 525 111st Ave. N., Naples. The funeral and burial will be on February 17 at 1 pm at North Naples Church, 6000 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "T Rowe Price College Savings Plan" for the benefit of Lohren Waylonis. Mail to: P.O. Box 55, Naples, FL. 34101-3005. A celebration of George's life will be held on March 10 from 4-6 pm in The Club at Ohio State University, 181 S. Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 11, 2018
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