George Franklin Stiefel, 73, of Cherokee, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2019.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Church of Christ. Doug Suggs of Cherokee Church of Christ will officiate. Visitation immediately follows the service at the Church of Christ annex.
George was born in Warrenville, South Carolina, on December 7, 1945. He graduated from Leaville McCampbell High School in Graniteville, South Carolina, and continued on to the University of South Carolina.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served in the Air Force from 1966-70, during which he was trained to be an electrical engineer, working on the planes that flew in Vietnam. After four years of service, he went on to receive an associate degree from San Antonio College in Texas.
While stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, George met Janis Ann Stewart, a student at Abilene Christian University. They were married July 5, 1968, and this year would have made it 51 years together.
George worked as a computer engineer for Hewlett Packard for 34 years, serving as a computer engineer and later, the district manager for service of the southeast region.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, motorcycle riding, hunting, and visiting with friends and family. He enjoyed a challenge and felt there was nothing he could not accomplish. He was an avid gun collector and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
George is survived by his wife, Janis Ann Stewart Stiefel; sons, Gair Flyn, (Jennifer Buffett) and Colin Wade (Chrissy Robertson); grandchildren, George Weston Stiefel (16), Cassidy Ann Buffett (13), Brianna Taylor Stiefel (12), and Wayden Stewart Stiefel (6); sisters, Melanie Claire Stiefel Cole (Bruce Cecil Cole) and Vera Celeste Stiefel Spires (Eric Thad Spires); and extended family, including nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
George was preceded in death by his father, George Wyman Stiefel; mother, Lillian Herbrandt Stiefel; and grandparents Clyde Idell and Lillie Mae Pope Stiefel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in George’s name to Cherokee Church of Christ at 308 S. Indian Ave., Cherokee, TX 76832, or to a local charity of your choice.
The family of George Franklin Stiefel wishes to thank Cherokee Church of Christ and the community of Cherokee for their support and loving arms that are embracing us in this time of sorrow and loss.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.