George John Hanggi © Trout Funeral Home 01-2018 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
George John Hanggi of Ponca City passed away Thursday evening, January 4, 2018. He was 95 years old.
Born December 6, 1922 in Little Rock Arkansas, he graduated Catholic High School as Valedictorian and then attended Arkansas Tech where he met his future bride Nina Sandlin. Following his induction into the Army, George and Nina were married on August 3, 1944 - just prior to his deployment to Europe.
George served in the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, The Battle of the Bulge, then across Germany, the Hartz Mountains and into Czechoslovakia. He was wounded in Vettweiss Germany. He left the Army at the rank of Sergeant with a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, the Belgium Fourragere and the Combat Infantry Badge.
After the war, George and Nina moved to Stillwater where he attended Oklahoma A & M, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science. Moving to Ponca City in 1951, George was a Research Engineer for Conoco for 34 years before retiring in 1985, and began traveling the world with Nina.
George was very active in the Boy Scout program serving as Cub Master and then Scoutmaster of Troop 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. All three sons and three grandsons earned the rank of Eagle.
George and Nina were very active in the Oklahoma Archaeological Society participating in many “digs” with the OU Archaeological College and was awarded the Golden Trowel for his contributions. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and participated in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade as well as a member of the VFW and the Society of the Big Red One, attending the annual Division Reunion. He was inducted as a DMOR (Distinguished Member of the Regiment) of the 16th Regiment for his service in both World War II and his community service in his civil life.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Alma Hanggi, his brother Ray Hanggi, a newborn daughter, his son, Gerry Hanggi and daughter-in-law, Mary O’Meilia Hanggi.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Nina of Ponca City, his son, John Hanggi and his wife Kristin of Marietta, GA; his son James and his wife Kris of Manassas Park, VA; five grandchildren, Jason, Michael and his wife Bailey; Susan; Tammy and David, step granddaughter Michele Harris and her husband Brent and their children Wesley and Reynolds, Nieces, Diann and husband Richard Nicolai, Becca and husband Brad Blaisdell, and Phyliss and husband Greg Heath.
A rosary wake service will be held on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00pm at Trout Funeral Home and a funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 10th at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ponca City. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. George will be available for viewing at Trout Funeral Home on Monday, January 8th until 8:00 p.m. George will be remembered as a kind, gentle man of faith who enriched the lives of all he met.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.
Nina Sandlin Hanggi © Trout Funeral Home & Crematory 01-2019 Submitted by: Glenn
© Trout Funeral Home & Crematory
September 12, 1923 - January 22, 2019
Nina Sandlin Hanggi of Ponca City passed away Tuesday morning, January 22. She was 95. Born September 12, 1923 in Ola Arkansas, she graduated Ola High School as senior class president and then attended Arkansas Tech where she met her future husband George Hanggi. Following his induction into the Army, George and Nina were married on August 3, 1944 in Columbia, South Carolina - just prior to his deployment to Europe.
Nina worked for Federal Office of Price Administration (ration stamps) in Little Rock, Arkansas from July 1943 through January 1946, when George returned from World War II.
After the war, Nina and George moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where she attended Oklahoma A & M, graduating in May 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts, graduating Phi Kappa Phi.
Moving to Ponca City in 1951, George worked as a Research Engineer for Conoco. In spring 1972, Nina completed the requirements for the Oklahoma Teacher’s certificate in Language Arts and Social Studies and served as a Substitute Teacher and Teacher’s Assistant in Learning Disabilities until retiring in 1985 and began traveling the world with George.
Nina was very active in the Scouting program serving as Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and then supporting Troop 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. All three sons and all three grandsons earned the rank of Eagle.
Nina and George were very active in the Oklahoma Archaeological Society participating in many “digs” with the OU Archaeological College and was awarded the Golden Trowel for her contributions. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary as well as the VFW Auxiliary and the Society of the Big Red One.
Nina was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, George, her parents, Roddy Forrest and Ellen Dale Sandlin, a newborn daughter, her son, Gerry Hanggi and daughter-in-law, Mary O’Meilia Hanggi, her brothers, Delmas Sandlin, Dale Sandlin, Jacoway Sandlin and William Sandlin.
She is survived by her son, John Hanggi and his wife Kristin of Marietta, GA; her son James and his wife Kris of Manassas Park, VA; five grandchildren, Jason, Michael and his wife Bailey; Susan; Tammy and David, step granddaughter Michele Harris and her husband Brent and their children Wesley and Reynolds, Nieces, Diann and husband Richard Nicolai, Becca and husband Brad Blaisdell, Phyliss and husband Greg Heath, Mary Ann Sandlin Weisinger, Mae Dale Sandlin Sigrist, Jack Sandlin and his wife Ev, Jake Sandlin and his wife Terry.
A rosary wake service will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 6:00pm at Trout Funeral Home Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ponca City. Following the ceremony, Nina will be laid to rest next to her husband at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be: Jason Hanggi, Michael Hanggi, David Hanggi, Tammy Hanggi, Susan Hanggi, Bailey Hurst-Hanggi, Brent Harris, and Michele Harris. Honorary casket bearers will be J. L. Brandon.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Via Christi Village for the wonderful care and caring they provided to Nina for the past two years.
Nina will be remembered for her love of life, love, and adventure which she could always find in people, a trip to another country, or a simple outing in Ponca City.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.
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