George Washington Hanshew, 99, Emporia, Kansas, died Sunday morning, December 15, 2013 at the Holiday Resort Care Center, Emporia, Kansas.
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A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at the Wellston Cemetery, Wellston, Oklahoma. The service will be conducted by Rev. Michael Burkett, United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, a member of the family, from Yukon, Oklahoma.
Friends may pay their respects at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia, Kansas after 5:00 P.M. Thursday through Sunday evening.
George Hanshew was born in Wellston, Oklahoma on February 17, 1914, the son of James Marion and Rebecca Allen "Allie" (Vaughan) Hanshew. He married Thelma Brannan on December 18, 1937 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, She died November 8, 1988 in Fallon, Nevada. He married Eula May Barnes, who was a classmate from Wellston High School class of 1934, in October of 1989, at Bartlesville, OK, she died in January of 1991. His later companion, Betty Nunnallee passed away in May of 2013.
Surviving family members include; Sons; Paul Hanshew, and his wife, Diane, Emporia, KS, Jon Robert Hanshew, and his wife, Gail, Oakland, CA, and daughter; DeAnn Reeves, Ronald, WA, eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
He as preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.
Before moving to Emporia in 2012 Mr. Hanshew lived in Bartlesville, OK, Arkansas City, KS, Oklahoma City, OK, and Wellston OK. He retired in 1979 from the John Morrell Meat Packing Company in Arkansas City, KS.
Mr. Hanshew was a member of the United Methodist Church, Bartlesvile, OK, the Rodeo Key Club for retired employees of Rodeo Meats in Arkansas City, KS, and the oldest living member of the Wellston (Oklahoma) High School Alumni Association. He was a graduate of Hills Business School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was a private pilot.
Following retirement in 1979, and that of his wife in 1980 from teaching at Chilocco Indian School, they purchased a motor home and began to travel. They traveled extensively in the North American continent including Mexico. Following Thelma's death he continued to travel and made several trips to Europe.
He enjoyed playing cards with friends, especially "Bridge". He was a family man and treasured time with his children, grandchildren and great, and great-great grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with the Wellston Alumni Association, Wellston, Ok. Contributions may be sent to Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, PO Box #175, Emporia, Kansas 66801.
Online condolences may be sent through; www.robertsblue.com
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Dec. 19, 2013 to Jan. 18, 2014