G. George Hackworth

G. George Hackworth, 89, Sturgis, SD, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Karl Gregory officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

George was born January 4, 1917, in a sod house close to White River, SD. He attended school two years at Mission, SD, and third through eighth grade at Ring Thunder Township. He earned his GED and took some college courses at Fort Meade, SD.

At age 12, when the family was in Kansas, he worked as a flagman. At 13, he worked for MI Strain by White River as a farmhand and other ranchers around the area until age 16, when he went to work for Ed Sutton by Agar, SD, until he went to the Army at age 24.

He married Olive June Palmer on March 24, 1942, in Pierre, SD.

In 1947, George and Ray Bartels bought and ran a blacksmith in Onida, SD, until health problems in 1950 forced him change professions. He ran a Gambles store until 1952 when they bought a blacksmith shop in Alpena, SD. In 1957, the family moved to Sturgis where George worked as a nurse's aide at Fort Meade for 24 years until he had to take retirement. After that, he worked as a bouncer and at a laundromat seven years. Then helping sell fruit and vegetables until 1996.

George married Laura Mae Davidson on November 22, 1962, in Sturgis, SD.

He was a member of the American Legion and Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis.

George was a wonderful husband, father, and a great friend to everyone. He loved to visit with everyone and you never went away hungry from their house or were not a stranger for long.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Hackworth, Sturgis; nine daughters, Ada Shanholtzer, Spearfish, SD, Lorraine Barden, Grants, NM, June Overland and her husband, Wayne, Union Center, SD, Mary Jo Hix and her husband, Leroy, Box Elder, SD, the late Kay Smith and her husband, Rob, Union Center, SD, Judy Peterson and her husband, Carl, Opal, SD, Debbie Hansen, and her husband, Marty, Philip, SD, Bonnie Tallman and her husband, James, Dickinson, ND, Georgia Moos and her husband, Harlan, Philip, SD, and Teresa Littleton and her husband, Brian, Whitewood, SD; two brothers, John Hackworth, Rapid City, SD, and Charles Hackworth, Torrington, WY; a sister-in-law, Audrey Hackworth, Sturgis; one sister, Annie Navin and her husband, Frank, Rapid City; 30 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kay Smith, a granddaughter, Kendall Vasknetz, two sisters and one brother.

A memorial has been established to Ft. Meade Hospice.