“There is one thing Alzheimer’s cannot take away, and that is love. Love is not a memory – it’s a feeling that resides in your heart and soul.” – Unknown
Known fondly as George, Dad, Grandpa, Gramps, Pops,
Papapapapa, Crazy Uncle George, and “The Old Guy,” he was a family man who will be truly missed by family and friends alike.
George was born Nov. 1, 1934, to the late George and Bernice Hitchcock in Woodland, Calif. He graduated from Oakland High, and went straight into the U.S. Marine Corps. Prior to deployment to Pearl Harbor, he attended school at the Pentagon. After his time in the service, he went to work for the City of Roseville, Calif. as an apprentice lineman. Following that, he began his career as a plastering contractor, and owned and operated his business for 35 years in Roseville.
He married the love of his life, Lorna, in 1956, and their love stood the test of 62 years’ time. Early in marriage, George was known to call Lorna “his bride,” and would mow her name in the lawn.
George was well-known for his unmatched work ethic. He was the “stucco master,” and many family members and friends recall their first jobs being with George and learning outstanding work ethic from him. He was always willing to take a chance on someone who was willing to work hard. He could always be depended on as a source of strength for those around him.
When they moved to Grangeville, Idaho in 2003, George always had a project of some kind going – working on the house or tinkering with motors. He loved his dogs, and made quick friends with neighborhood squirrels when he provided an unlimited supply of peanuts.
George was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He was tough as nails, had hands like feet, but had the softest heart and could always put a smile on your face.
George is survived by his wife, Lorna, of Grangeville; his daughter, Tammy Plank and her husband, Clayton of Grangeville. He is also survived by his grandchildren – Bill Hitchcock and his wife, Luz of Elk Grove, Calif; Tim Plank and his wife, Kelly, of Ione, Calif; Beth Boehmke and her husband, Paul, of Grangeville; Jennay Nafziger and her husband, Joe, of Grangeville. Add to that six great-grandchildren, and many extended family members as well.
George was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Betty Soper; his brother, Chuck Hitchcock; his sister, Arlene Boscacci; his son, David Hitchcock; and his grandson, Christopher Hitchcock.
A memorial service will be planned at a later time.
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