George C. Fucik Jr., age 96, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Wisconsin Veterans’ Home in King, Wisconsin.
He was born on June 26, 1918 in Waukegan, Illinois, son of the late George C. and Gertrude M. (Chesbrough) Fucik. George attended Waukegan High School and was the captain and quarterback of the school’s football team. As a senior he switched to wide receiver to accommodate the beginning of the career of future hall of fame quarterback, Otto Graham. While attending Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan, George once again played quarterback for his college team. It was during college that he met Jean E. Richards, and married her on April 19, 1944 in her hometown of Hancock, Michigan. After graduating with a degree in forestry and following his wedding, George shipped off to the Pacific, where he proudly served with the U.S. Army during WWII. George reached the rank of Captain and with his background in forestry, he and his company supported the war effort with a sawmill in the Philippines and New Guinea. His company also supplied the lumber to rebuild Manila after the Japanese Occupation. George and Jean’s marriage of nearly 65 years was blessed with three children before Jean was called home on March 1, 2009. They were active members of Congregational U.C.C. of Neenah/Menasha. George was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, was secretary of the Marathon Bowling League for many years, and was a lifetime member of Ridgeway Country Club. He retired in 1980 from American Can Corp., after which he and Jean were able to spend many winters in Naples, Florida. George was a sweet dapper gentleman who was a beautiful example of the Greatest Generation. He was a lovely man with a reputation of graciousness and impeccable manners. He was a brilliant man with an incredible memory and was a kind soul, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his children: Julie (Don) Fahrenkrug, Menasha; George (sp. friend, Lisa Gilbert) Fucik, Neenah; Thomas (Melody) Fucik, Appleton; grandchildren: Laura (Kevin) Kox, Stefanie Fucik, Ben Fucik, Emmeline (Jeff) Prokash, Jake Fahrenkrug, Nick (Elizabeth) Fahrenkrug, Zach Fahrenkrug; great-granddaughter, Sadie Kox; brothers: Bill, Henry, and John Fucik; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. The Funeral Service for George will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregational U.C.C. of Neenah/Menasha (1511 Nicolet Blvd.) with Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service directly at the church. Military Honors will be performed immediately after the funeral service by the U.S. Army and the Neenah/Menasha Veterans’ Honor Guard. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boy Scouts of America in George’s name.
Westgor Funeral Home, Menasha is serving the family. Online Condolences available at www.westgorfuneralhomes.com. The family would like to express their appreciation and heart-felt thanks to the nurses and staff at the Wisconsin Veterans’ Home for the wonderful care given to George.