George S. Spanhake, 81, of Washington Street, Prattsville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born November 2, 1927 in Wittenberg, son of the late William and Minerva Lasher Spanhake.
He was a native and lifelong resident of the Catskill Mountains.
George was a logger for the many local logging families including: Nelson Shultis, Maurice Lane, Beecher Smith, Artie Ford and Art Umhey. He operated chain saws and log skidders out of the mountains.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and had been a member of the Tannersville American Legion Post #2322. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed both hunting and Scouting.
Surviving are four sons, Christopher of Prattsville, Shawn of Big Indian, Roy of Gilboa and Wade of Ashland; two daughters, Wanda Partridge of Windham and Ann Hanley of Wisconsin; two sisters, Louise Becker of Hopewell Jct. and Eleanor Smith of West Hurley and a brother, Frederick Charles Spanhake of Wittenberg.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marion Kirk Spanhake in 2002, a son, George in 1988, two brothers, John and Willie and a sister, Gertrude Hill.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring, at the Halcott Cemetery, and will be announced by the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia.
To light a memorial candle, please visit: www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.