George C. Hechimovich, 82

George C. Hechimovich, 82, of Horicon, died Monday, July 14, 2008, at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam.

He was born to Robert and Rose (Persha) Hechimovich on Sept. 18, 1925, in Marble Head.

George married Audrey E. Downs on May 23, 1953, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville.

He is survived by his wife; five sons, Greg (Jane) Hechimovich of Burnett, David "Hank" (Cindy) Hechimovich of Horicon, Dennis (Crystal) Hechimovich of Horicon, Mark "Chick" Hechimovich of Mayville and Tim Hechimovich of Mayville; 10 brothers and sisters, Frances (Eugene) Laufenberg of Mayville, Mary Ann (Dr. Wayne) Siegfried of Beaver Dam, Rose (Salty) Walter of Mayville, Frank (Camille) Hechimovich of Brownsville, Dan "Boone" Hechimovich of Mayville, John Hechimovich of Mayville, Mike Hechimovich of Mayville, Nick (Ethel) Hechimovich of Mayville, Tom (MaryAnn) Hechimovich of Fond du Lac and Robert (Diane) Hechimovich of Mayville; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, Derek (Marie), Shanna, Brad, Blaine, Lucas, Brennon, Brianne, Adam, Angela and Aaron; and one great-grandchild, Lincoln. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Walter; and one granddaughter, Kayla.

George was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon where he served as a past council member.

He also was a member of the Horicon American Legion Post 157 and the Horicon VFW.

After completing eighth grade, the eldest of 12, George worked on the family farm until called to active duty during the Korean Conflict. He served as a combat medic from 1950-1952.

Upon his discharge from active duty, he married his sweetheart Audrey. They were blessed with five sons.

George was a successful businessman working in heavy construction most of his life. George, along with his brother, Dan, owned and operated a tree service before cofounding Hechimovich SanitaryLandfill in 1970.

He retired in 1995.

George liked to "talk" with his hands and enjoyed working on many projects of his own invention. He enjoyed time with family at his vacation home in Min-ocqua, enjoyed the Milwaukee Brewers and large family gatherings.

George’s favorite times up north were with his sons and grandsons, hunting at his Star Lake cabin.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon with a Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by the Rev. Fr. Michael Petrie.

Burial will be at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Horicon American Legion Post 157.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, and also from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon.

Memorials are to be directed to Sacred Heart Parish or the future Beaver Dam Hospice Home.

Koepsell Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family, 920-387-4440.