OBITUARY

George John Gianikas

August 24, 1923November 8, 2018
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George John Gianikas, age 95 passed away on November 8, 2018. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee to the late, John George & Tina (Perini) Gianikas; In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ellen (Captain) Gianikas; siblings, Mary McDaniel & Billy Gianikas. George was a son of immigrants, raised during the height of The Great Depression. He was a graduate of Hume-Fogg Vocational High School and entered the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the 95th Infantry Division known as the “Iron Men of Metz”, which was assigned to and commanded by General Patton’s 3rd Army. George’s integrity propelled him from poverty to becoming a thriving entrepreneur. George’s character was self-evident. He had a strong handshake, work ethic and a positive outlook on life. His priorities was the love for his family and his constant measure of good will toward those in need. George was an avid golfer, with four holes in one to his credit and was a longstanding member of the Hillwood Country Club. He was known tenderly by his grandchildren as, “Papouli”. He is survived by his children, Georganne (David) Goodwin, John (Susan) Gianikas and Tim (Susie) Gianikas; grandchildren, Joanne (David) Foster, John Goodwin, Tim Goodwin, George Goodwin, Mary (Chris) Lankford, Matthew Goodwin, Lilly Gianikas and Jennifer(Johnny) Nacarato; great-grandchildren, Ashley Morgan, Jackson Nacarato and Riley Nacarato; sister, Lula Callis. A Gathering of family & friends will be held from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13th 2018 at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12 noon Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church with visitation one hour prior. Special thanks to Stacey Harris who staffed the excellent caregivers that provided loving care of Papouli in his last days.

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

George John Gianikas

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Chase Cole

November 13, 2018

George was a wonderful man.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Vic Lineweaver

November 13, 2018

Great Honorable Man! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Warmest Regards,

Vic Lineweaver

Don Griffin

November 12, 2018

I was a construction lender for the old First American National Bank and George Gianikas was my best and most enjoyable customer, as well as a friend.

George was an absolute delight to be with, work with and, yes, play the occasional round of golf with. He always made me feel more important than I was, and he passed this trait on to sons John and Tim.

Thank you, George, for allowing me to be part of your life.

Don Griffin

Linda Armstrong

November 12, 2018

George was such a fine gentleman! My dad was his brother in law. Lula, George's sister, was married to my dad before his passing a few years ago. My deepest condolences to the family. What a blessing to have known George for most of my life!

Linda Callis-Armstrong

JOHN JONETHIS

November 12, 2018

Truly great man from the greatest generation. Always a smile with a warm greeting.
A constant presence at Holy Trinity...... He will be missed.
Memory Eternal!

Jolene Messmer

November 12, 2018

I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gianikas, but I heard lots of wonderful things from his grandson, John Goodwin and from Jill Campbell. From them, I learned what a wonderful man he was and I am sure he will be missed.

My condolences to his family.

Rhonee Trakas-Iula

November 11, 2018

Mr. Gianikas and my dad (Pete Trakas) were Army buddies. Dad spoke of him often. We were so touched when Mr. Gianikas came to Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary Party. We loved his sense of humor and cherished Mr. Gianikas‘ friendship. May his memory be eternal.

Rhonee Trakas-Iula

Marilyn Quimby

November 11, 2018

I will always remember George.. he was a very giving man with a great heart.. I was the activity coordinator at burton court.. he would cheer me up when I was having a bad day and tell me what a good job I was doing.. so thank you to the family for letting him be part of my life...

Frank Ghertner

November 11, 2018

When I think of George my first thought is honest. He was a great person and I appreciate the opportunity my family had in working with and for him over 50 years. Will miss him and my condolences to his family. Frank Ghertner

Kay Lankford

November 10, 2018

He will forever be in my heart as I try to maintain a "George" outlook on life; a positive mindset, an inquisitive nature, an engaging and youthful personality, a welcoming kindness, and a generous spirit.