George C. Wax

Feb. 7, 1933 - Nov. 9, 2007

George C. Wax of Waukesha died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.

He was born Feb. 7, 1933, the son of Phyllis and James Wax. George proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a graduate of the University of Houston and received a degree in engineering. He was a project manager for Con Diesel until his retirement in 1993. He was a dedicated and respected employee, receiving many accolades for his work. George loved the simple things in life. He loved being home, and he and his wife Betty did everything together. They were soulmates. He was the original Mr. Fix-it and he was happiest puttering in his workshop or tending to his lawn and garden. He was a lifelong model train enthusiast and spent many hours creating elaborate layouts in the area beyond his workshop. He was an avid reader and enjoyed going to the library to collect information for his next project. He loved history and science and was a wealth of information to his family.

He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 17 years, Betty Haideman-Wax of Waukesha; his loving children: his son, Keith (Julie) Wax of Bethel, Conn.; his daughter, Karyn (Frank Clesse of Orchard Park, N.Y.); his stepdaughter, Sue (Randy) Pallister and his stepson, Mark of Waukesha. He was the proud grandfather of Katherine, Sarah, Steven, Megan, Gregory and Caroline Wax; Laura and Jennifer Clesse; and Daniel, Stephanie and Michael Pallister. He was a great listener and loved to tell of their accomplishments. Distance separated him from his children, but they were forever in his heart and he was extremely proud of them. He is further survived by his sister, Peggy (Dick) Hummel of New Canan, Conn.; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Phyllis Wax, and his first wife, Aurelie.

George’s family gratefully acknowledges the outstanding and compassionate care of Dr. Frederico Sanchez and the staff of Oncology Alliance, Dr. Gerald Berman, Dr. Janis Kengis and the staff and volunteers at AngelsGrace Hospice. George’s journey ended at AngelsGrace and the extraordinary care he and his family received will never be forgotten.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family will be appreciated.

For further information or directions please call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035. Visit www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute.