EAST LIVERPOOL - George Gary Hackathorn, of Garfield Street, East Liverpool, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Thursday evening, Sept. 26, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Gary, as he was known to his family and friends, was 76.
He was born on April 15, 1937, in Newell, a son of the late George Henry Hackathorn and Garnet Evelyn May Haun Hackathorn. He was raised in East Liverpool and had attended East Liverpool schools before entering the U.S. Air Force, where he served active duty from 1955-58, also with the Air Force Reserve. He remained a proud American and belonged to the Lisbon VFW Post No. 4111.
Gary worked in the cold strip and also the coke plant at the former Crucible Steel Corporation until his retirement in 1982, after which time he became associated with National Refractories, where he worked as a laborer for 15 years.
A member of United Brethren in Christ Church, he drove the church van and helped with Awana on Wednesday evenings. He also belonged to a Christian golf league, and loved bowling, playing cards, hunting, and tossing doorknobs each year at the Pottery Festival.
Surviving him at home is his wife of 55 years, Norma J. Murray Hackathorn, whom he married on May 30, 1958.
Together, they were the proud parents of four children, who survive: Normajean "Jeanie" Hackathorn of Louisville, Ohio; George G. "Bud" Hackathorn Jr., and his wife, Sandra, of Kirkcaldy, Scotland; Jill Ross and her husband, Larry, of Wellsville; and Jay Doyle Hackathorn and Heather Lockhart, of Lisbon. There are 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Gary also leaves behind two sisters, Dorothy Eva Wright of East Liverpool, and George-Anna McClure, of Thompson, Ga. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Margie Maskaluk and Dixie Bertovic; as well as three brothers, Lester "Dutch" Hackathorn, Allen Hackathorn, and Richard Hackathorn.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Monday, where the family will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with Pastor Joe Cilone of the church officiating.
Burial will take place at Columbiana County Memorial Park, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide military honors. Following the burial, friends and family will gather at United Brethren's Dream Center for a continued time of fellowship.
View Gary's obituary and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com