- 72 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 24, 1942
- Place of birth:
Eckman, West Virginia, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 22, 2015
- Place of passing:
Tampa, Florida, United States
|“I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a feeling of reverence.”-General Johnson, U.S. Army / The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.|
George(Bill) William Mandakunis, 72, of Zephyrhills, FL, died January 22, 2015, at Tampa General Hospital. Born June 24, 1942, at Eckman, WV, he was the son of the late Louis Lee Mandakunis and the late Ruth Pauline Snead Mandakunis. For 49 years, he was the beloved husband of Judith E. Bowles Mandakunis. George served over 26 years in the US Army and US Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, where he completed two twelve month combat tours. Upon military retirement, he continued his government service where he culminated over 40 years of service to the United States. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, the Elks Lodge, and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. George was full of life and enjoyed every moment of his life and retirement. He enjoyed his family, reading, travelled the world, was an avid sports fan and loved talking to anyone around. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife, Judy, two sons; George Mandakunis, Jr. and wife Cathy of Newport News, VA and Kenneth Mandakunis and wife Adriane of Ft. Drum, NY; Grandchildren, Tyler Mandakunis, Ashleigh Mandakunis, Haley Mandakunis, and Lauren Mandakunis; Five Siblings, the late Patricia Bailey, Chris Mandakunis of Largo, FL, Louis Mandakunis, Jr. of Hickory, NC, Steve Mandakunis of Tallahassee, FL, Costa Mandakunis of GA; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on January 28, 2015, visitation time from 2:00-3:00, with the service following at 3:00 at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephyrhills. His ashes will be laid to rest at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery.
Family and Friends,
Please take a moment to make a short tribute to my "Dad" pertaining to how he may have touched your life. Also, feel free to libererally add as many pictures of my dad as possible. Our goal is to add so many tributes and pictures that we shut down the server!:)
"George, while Joy and I never got the pleasure to meet you, we have gotten to know Judy in the 2 years we have lived in Crystal Lake. Judy honors you on a daily basis in speaking and actions. You have given her memories that lift her up when down. We have a vision of you from the words spoken by those that know you."
"Hey George, I remember you calling me Rebecca from Sunnybrook Farm and a few other nicknames..haha, just what I loved about you. We always had fun joking and carrying on, Loved your sense of humor and all those BIG bear hugs! I'll always cherish the fond memories of you! ❤️️"
"George, we think about you often, remembering all the fun times the four of us had. Everytime I see pink flamingos, laugh because you always said they were pink chicken on a stick! There are so many more but it would take too long. Just want you to know that we miss you very much."
"Dad...just wanted you to know that we all miss you so much!! These past two years have been hard knowing that I could not pick up the phone and get your fatherly advise. That is something that I definitely always took for granite. Love, George"
"Does not seem possible it's been2 years. You are missed. Love Chris"
"Dad..Happy Fathers Day!...we love and miss you!!"
Can't believe it's been a year. Your missed, loved and remembered everyday. Take care "Do". Love you Sis"
I just wanted to wish you a Happy Veterans Day! Thinking about you! Love, George"
I thought about you on your birthday last week...we miss you..George"
I remember when you pinned those anchors on my collars. Your the greatest dad that anyone could ever have...love you...George"
"Dad...I love and miss you...George"
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