GEORGE J. JANATSCH
Long-time Lompoc resident George J. Janatsch died Monday, June 25, 2008 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara following a short illness. He was 85.
Born in New York City on September 8, 1922, he moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1929 where his father was the head bellman at the Ambassador Hotel for many years. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was a radio tail gunner on B-25's during the WWII. During his service in the Marines he met his first wife, Beverly, and they married in 1945 after the war. They lived in Los Angeles and had 3 children. He worked as an insurance agent for National Life and Accident until 1959 when they packed up everything and moved to Lompoc. He started working as an agent for Farmer's Insurance and ran a very successful agency until he retired in 1987. George and Beverly were married for 47 years until her death in 1992. Later in life, he was fortunate to meet and marry his second wife, Jean, in 2006. She gave new meaning to his life and he loved her dearly.
Earlier in life, George liked model railroading, fishing with friends and camping but his real passion was golf and he would sometimes play 4 times a week. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and just spending time with Jean. He was a member of the Village Country Club, Lompoc Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed.
George was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly and son, John. He is survived by Jean Janatsch (wife), Gloria Smith (sister) of Vista, CA, Barbara Fishell (daughter) of Merced, CA, Bruce (son), and Kathy Janatsch (daughter-in-law) of Lompoc, grandchildren Scott Fishell and wife Debbie of Merced and Max and Libby Janatsch of Lompoc and great granddaughters Angelique and Cheyenne Fishell of Merced.
A memorial will be held at the Village Country Club, Ellery Room on July 2, 2008 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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