On Saturday, February 16, 2019, George Robert Storch, 81, loving husband and father passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Sullivan. George was the son of George and Mary Antionette (Shepler) Storch. He was born December 4, 1937 in Norwich, New York.
After graduation from Norwich High School in 1955, George entered the United States Air Force and served as a control tower operator. While on active duty, he met his future wife, Anna Maria Schmitz, at Spandahlem U.S. Air Base near Trier, Germany. Upon honorable discharge from the Air Force, George continued his career as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration assigned to the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Oberlin. After retirement, he enjoyed part time work for many years at his favorite store, the Home Hardware in Ashland.
George and Anna were married at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Norwich, New York and had just celebrated their 59th anniversary. George and Anna are the parents of seven children, grandparents of five and great-grandparents of two. George loved living in the country and was especially fond of watching the wildlife on his property. He always had pets from chickens to peacocks, rabbits, goats, horses, cockatiels, aquarium fish and of course his favorite, dogs. He was the ultimate do-it-yourselfer and could fix anything. He tinkered in woodworking, engine repair, computers and electronics. He loved exploring his family's genealogy. In 2001, he and his wife, Anna, spent a month in Germany researching his ancestral roots.
George was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Mary Anne Scanlon Storch; son, Robert George Storch; daughter-in-law, Donna Ray Herron Storch; sisters, Mary Bullock, Carolyn O'Malley and Joanna Shultis.
George is survived by his loving wife, Anna Maria; children, Jeannette and Phillip Bohland, John Storch, Heidi and Joe Mack, Donna and Joe Trebing, Jim Storch and Mary Storch and his sister, Nanette Liberatore.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at 11 A.M. at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, part of OLHC parish, 240 ST. RT. 511 in Nova. Friends will be received at the church starting at 9:30 A.M. He will be interned in the Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pathways Hospice, 1171 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805.