CARBONDALE — George Mandis, 68, passed away at 9:09 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
George was born June 7, 1946, in Gillespie, to the late Michael and Irene Mandis.
He married Janet (Jan) Richerson on Sept. 23, 1967. They had 46 wonderful years together.
George has a son, Michael, who people say is just like his father. These comments continue to haunt Michael to this day. George has always given Michael everything including a big Greek nose, receding hairline, high cholesterol and a wonderful sense of humor. George was very proud of the man Michael had become. Michael and his wife Robyn live in St. Louis.
George loved to poke fun concerning politics and had many one-line zingers and jokes.
He loved to fish with his family. Fishing was the focus of numerous vacations. His greatest trip was to New Zealand to fish with his brother-in-law. He was hoping to be going back again soon.
George started his career with the SIU Admissions Office. Years later he became the academic advisor for Aviation Flight and Maintenance. He was very proud of the young people in those departments and really missed them when he retired.
George loved Saluki Athletics and could always be found in his usual spot for football tailgates and games, as well as, basketball games.
Left behind to share the memories are Jan, Mike and Robyn; his sister, Mary and her husband, Nick of Belleville, niece, Irene and husband, Paul, of Kansas City; niece, Stacy and husband, Mike, and their son, George of St. Louis; along with many family and friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in Murphysboro United Methodist Church at the intersection of 15th and Pine streets. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund, SIU Aviation and Maintenance Programs, Murphysboro United Methodist Church or St. Francis Care.
Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.