Former Manteca resident George William Aufdenkamp, 89, peacefully entered into rest at his home in Buhl, Idaho on July 7, 2015. George was born April 13, 1926.
He was preceded in death by his parents Sophie and Paul Aufdenkamp.
He is survived by Joanna, his loving wife of 68 years. children; Catherine Woods (Lyle) of Idaho, Susan Fekkers of Georgia, and from Manteca Sandra Aufdenkamp, George Aufdenkamp Jr., (Debbie) and Mary Dee Smalley (Galen). He also leaves behind his loving grandchildren, Tammy Dias, Carla Henderson, Ryan Pritchard, Bill Fekkers, Joseph Wirsing, Bobby Wirsing, Quinton Wirsing, Jamie Rowsey, Tina Tavares, Brian Aufdenkamp, Tracy Titsworth, and Steven Smalley. He was also blessed with 24 great grandchildren.
George and Joanna were married in California, April 26, 1947. In 1958 they moved to Arizona where George became a Manager for Kerona Plastics and in 1963 that job took him to Manteca, where they finished raising their family. They were residents of Manteca for 24 years. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. George eventually retired from the Manteca Postal Service in 1981. He also served as a reserve for the Manteca Police Department in 1966. George proudly served in World War II and in the Korean War. In 2012 he was invited to attend the Inaugural Honor Flight of Idaho which consisted of a three day trip to Washington D.C. to honor World War II Veterans. After retiring he and Joanna moved to Buhl, Idaho where he was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was an active board member in the Senior Citizens Center.
George loved baking, he was famous for his pumpkin pies. He also loved his garden. He grew the most beautiful roses and Iris. He would go camping every chance he could. He taught his grandchildren how to fish and to appreciate the great outdoors. George was committed to his faith and family. He was a proud and loving husband, father, and grandpa. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services were held Monday, July 13, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buhl, Idaho. Interment was at West End Cemetery.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, July 24, 2015