Longtime Circleville resident C. George Huskey, 90, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a three-month battle with colon cancer.
Born April 1, 1926, as C. George Huskey Jr. in New Smyrna, Florida, to C. George and Maude Huntly Huskey, he and his sister were primarily raised by their maternal grandparents and aunts Dorothy “Dot” and Marion Huntly in Jacksonville, Florida, spending most summers with relatives in Shiloh, Florida.
George graduated from Jacksonville’s Julia Landon High School in 1944. He worked for the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville from 1943 to 1946, installing, testing, troubleshooting, removing and repairing radial aircraft engines.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1950, the same year he married his first wife, Olive W. “Daisy” Warner, also a student at the Gainesville, Florida, campus, whom he had met on a blind date.
Mr. Huskey went to work for E.I. DuPont de Nemours in 1953 and his job took him from Pensacola, Florida, to Wilmington, Delaware, Circleville, Florence, South Carolina, the European country of Luxembourg and back to Circleville.
Daisy’s untimely death in 1969 left him a widower with five children. In 1971, he married a former neighbor, Eileen A. Morgan Foster, also a widow with five children.
The blended family remained in Circleville, and Mr. Huskey continued to work for DuPont. At the time of his retirement in 1985, he was a Research Fellow in the company’s Industrial Films Research area. A holder of several patents, he continued to work as a consultant for more than a decade after retirement.
A born explorer, Mr. Huskey loved to travel and took his family throughout Europe when they lived in Luxembourg. Eileen also shared his passion, and they traveled together all over the world.
From his youth, George loved motorcycles and solving problems. As a father, he enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, golf and playing games with his family.
A former assistant Scoutmaster with BSA Troop 52, Mr. Huskey also was a member of the Elks Lodge and attended Community United Methodist Church for many decades. While members of the Circleville Bridge Club, both Eileen and George earned the rank of Life Master.
He is survived by his children, Margaret L. Huskey of Maine, Susan Huskey Woas (Steve) of Florida, Karen Foster Nolan (Jim) of California, Dickerson Huskey (Sarah) of Blue Ash, Ty Foster (Deborah) of Cincinnati, Joni Foster (James Shuler) of Texas, Clark G. Huskey of Columbus, Robert Foster (Alice) of Circleville, Donald Foster (Kelli) of Westerville and W. Lee Huskey of Sidney; his sister, Dorothy Huntly Chew of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Oliver Woas, Ian J. Huskey, D. Wells Huskey II, Tanner N. Huskey, Peter K. Huskey (Jesica), Tamera Huskey, Warner W. Huskey, Wagner W. Huskey, Kimberly Nolan (Alicia), Kristine Nolan, Katherine Foster, Nicholas Foster, Melissa Foster and Sarah Foster; and great-grandchildren, Peter Huskey, Patrick Huskey and Alejandro Huskey.
Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, followed at 4 p.m. by a funeral, post-service visitation and meal, all at Community United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pickaway St., Circleville. Private interment will be Thursday at Forest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity.
Arrangement are under the direction of Wellman Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal