MOUNT LIBERTY — “His Master said, Well done thou good and faithful servant. Come and share your Master’s joy”

George Carl Thatcher of Mount Liberty passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, 2019, under the caring treatment of Ohio Health and the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center of Mansfield.

He was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Mount Vernon, to Lucille Hudson Thatcher and Clyde R. Thatcher.

George graduated from Centerburg High School in 1957 and the Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Institute of Technology in 1962. He was employed as Chief Design Engineer for Cooper Bessemer Entronics Controls. George married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Hankins, June 18, 1961. This past summer they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary making a total of 64 years of their lives spent together.

With him at the time of his death were his wife, his daughter, Lisa Thatcher, and his son, Judge John C. Thatcher. Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Beth and grandchildren, John (Brooke), Sam (Alyssa Radcliffe), Thomas, William (Kylee) and Sarah Anne who were all at his side to say good-bye and to escort him on his journey home. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Nancy Thorpe; cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step mother, Aseneth Thatcher; his sister, Betty Cummings; and cousin, Methel McKay.

George was involved in may activities in the life of his community, Centerburg and Knox County, including the Ohio Junior Miss program and the Mount Vernon Players. George was a long-standing member of the Centerburg United Methodist Church. He sang with the chancel choir, was chairman of the board of trustees and was the “fixer of broken things.” One of his many accomplishments was rewiring the entire church from basement to belfry.

He enjoyed being outdoors and exploring the farm that has been in the Thatcher family for almost 200 years. As a former Boy Scout, one of his greatest joys was to see all four of his grandsons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. George was honored to be an Eagle Scout mentor. An avid fan of the CHS cross country and track teams, his pride and joy was granddaughter Sarah, who he referred to as “our tiny little superstar.”

Calling hours will be Friday, Oct. 4, from 4-8 p.m. at the Centerburg United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at the church. The family will also receive visitors one hour before the service on Saturday. The Reverend Matt Skelton will officiate. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in George’s memory to the Centerburg United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered at


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