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GIANOPULOS, George Age 88. With sadness, the family of George Gianopulos of Dayton, announces his unexpected and peaceful passing on January 6, 2019 at his residence. The son of the late Samuel and Bessie Gianopulos, George was born and raised in Springfield, OH and graduated from Springfield High School. He attended Wittenberg University and then The Ohio State University. During the Korean War, George was accepted to Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL, graduated as a Marine fighter pilot and transferred to Korea to execute his new found skills on aircraft carriers. From these ships and well above the clouds, it was the sky that sent George's curiosity soaring, and this passion for flight continued throughout his life. Upon his return to the States, George met his beloved wife of 60 years, Jodie Caras, at a wedding in Dayton. Upon leaving the Marines, he began a career at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and concurrently attended engineering school at the University of Dayton. With his expertise in aviation, he moved into the private sector and eventually became an independent aerospace consultant, culminating in his company Gianopulos & Associates. Throughout his life, George involved himself in numerous professional and civic organizations, many related to his love of flight. He was the Director of Development for Wright Image Group, where he was passionate to build the Triumph of Flight Monument up until his last days. George was also an active member of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church where he sang in the choir for over 60 years and both promoted and worked at the Annual Greek Festival. He loved his cars and enjoyed traveling with his wife to Europe and throughout the US, but above all else, he cherished his time with family and friends. George was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jodie in 2017. He is survived by his daughter & son-in-law, Valerie & Dr. Stuart Mogul of New York City; his son, Chris Gianopulos of Dayton; his son & daughter-in-law, Randall & Eleni Gianopulos of New York City. The light of his life, his five grandchildren; Madeleine, Hayley & Jack Mogul, William & Sophia Gianopulos; his cousin (whom he considered a little brother) Taki Parker and wife Christina. Jodie's brothers; Lt. Col. Lou Caras, Dr. Tom Caras, and his sister-in-law, Maria Caras. George will be missed by his wonderful godchildren, devoted nieces and nephews, his many cousins in Greece, and great friends throughout the world. George lived life from a birds eye view. Strong and charismatic, he dared to stand by his convictions and live life as he saw it. In his soul, George was the young man in the cockpit: a dreamer with a whim to see greater things than what meets the eye, and it is with peace in our hearts that we let him soar among the clouds once again. The Funeral service will be on Monday, January 14, 2019, 10:00 AM at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North with Father Joseph Gingrich officiating. Burial at Woodland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 2-5:00 PM with Trisagion Prayers at 4:00 PM. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Memorial Fund or The Triumph of Flight, (www. triumphofflight.org) 1605 North Main St. Dayton, OH 45405 in George's memory.
Published in Dayton Daily News from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2019
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