George Albert Handel, 77, of Springboro died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at UPMC Hamot.
He was born April 20, 1936, in McKeesport, a son of the late Albert Harry Handel and Helena Rose Sedler Handel. His family called him “Sonny.”
He was an engineer on the Erie Lackawanna Railroad for 19 years before moving into the automotive industry where he was a salesman and had owned his own Saab dealership. There wasn’t a vehicle he couldn’t operate or sell. He also owned and operated Handel-Bar-Ranch and Saddlery where he and his family raised registered Quarter Horses. His beloved stallion was Benjie Bar — a world-champion reining horse.
George was a member of Crawford Lodge No. 234, Free and Accepted Masons.
Earlier in life he attended Carnegie Mellon University and served a short term in the U.S. Army, 2nd Armored Division, “D” Company at Fort Hood. He was a surveyor and marksman.
After retiring, George enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. Then, he determined playtime should end, earned his commercial driver’s license and subsequently delivered countless loads of gravel and the like for Wallace Hyde Trucking.
More recently he could be found proudly driving his restored Mustang convertible and shooting the breeze with his buddies at Ruth’s Restaurant and McDonald’s in Albion.
George is survived by two daughters, Wendy (Gary) Vaughn of Harmonsburg and Heidi (Alex Chilton) Handel of Augusta, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Alexandra, Jacqueline, Daniel and Ryan Cortez of Augusta.
Services are private at the family’s discretion. George’s ashes will be spread where he enjoyed the best times in his life.
Arrangements have been entrusted to White-Cool Funeral Home and Funeral Director Gina M. McCauley.
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