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George Henry Hogrefe
Retired mail carrier, big brother to Dennis Weaver
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George Henry Hogrefe, 98, entered into rest peacefully on Jan. 12, 2011, the very same day he was born 98 years ago. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Sophie  Hogrefe and siblings: Ernest Hogrefe, Alma Hogrefe, Marie Hogrefe, Edwin Hogrefe, Henry Hogrefe, William Hogrefe, John Hogrefe and Doris Hogrefe Dolcater  

George is survived by his loving nieces and nephews: Carole Stoker, Deanne Taylor, Loretta House, and Steven Dolcater.  He was also blessed with several great-nieces and -nephews.

 George worked for the Peters family at the original “El Rey” movie theater. After his time with El Rey, George went to work for the post office in Manteca as a mail carrier where he retired after 35 years of service. As a young boy George’s family took in Dennis Weaver (a famous actor of the 1950’s who starred in Gunsmoke and McCloud). George and Dennis grew up together as brothers; Dennis attending Yosemite grammar school and George as the big brother teaching Dennis how to drive at a very young age. Later in 1957 George was featured on the show “This is Your Life” with Dennis Weaver bringing back special people in Dennis’ life who meant a great deal to him. Throughout Dennis’ career he always made sure to stop and pay a special visit to George whenever passing through Manteca. George enjoyed gardening and he was very handy around his house doing all types of remodeling; he was known to family and friends as a real “Jack of all Trades.” George was an accomplished woodworker; his talent was recognized through his beautiful furniture, wooden chess boards, and other gorgeous projects. George was a member of the Manteca United Lutheran Church on Northgate Drive. He will be remembered as a caring person who was a loving uncle and friend.

 Arrangements for Mr. Hogrefe are under the direction of P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. For condolences to the family please go search/ obituaries. All services will be held private.        
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011