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George William Winegar

May 1, 1939 — March 11, 2024

George's journey began in Sacramento on May 1, 1939, born to Dorothy and George Winegar Sr. His childhood was filled with unique experiences, such as riding in the caboose with his father, being a brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and enjoying Sunday dinners at his grandparents' house. His life turned when he met the Combs family, who became his second family. He also attended McClatchy High School, where he met his first wife, Pat. They welcomed two sons, Jeffery and Douglas, affectionately known as Skipper. His sense of duty led him to spend three years in the Army Reserve before enlisting in the regular Army. Despite the challenges and demands of military life, he served with unwavering dedication, stationed in various locations worldwide and eventually becoming a drill sergeant. He retired from the Army in 1979 after 23 years of service, a testament to his resilience and adaptability. 

George's love for golf was not just a hobby but a significant part of his life. His shared passion brought him closer to his son Skipper, cousin Gary, uncle, and aunts. Their golf outings were not just about the sport but about creating lasting memories filled with laughter and friendly competition, invoking a sense of warmth and nostalgia.

George's dedication was not limited to his personal life. When he wasn’t playing golf, he would watch it on TV, a testament to his passion. No matter who or where he visited, he would change the channel if a golf game was on TV. Fishing with his father, Skipper, and many friends, he found joy. George was also a devoted fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. His commitment was evident even in small things, like asking restaurant staff to change the channel so he would not miss an episode. In 1983, he joined Ink Co., working in the shipping and receiving department. He retired in 2006 after 23 years of dedicated service, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and commitment. 

George's life took a beautiful turn when he met Sharan in 1989. They married on October 29, 1994, and spent 35 years together, 29 of those years as a married couple. Their relationship was a testament to love and care, with George helping Sharan after her first husband passed, then she helped him out after his divorce. Their love for travel took them to beautiful destinations like Hawaii and Alaska. They also embarked on many road trips with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Karen, exploring various locations across the states. 

George's dedication to his family and friends was unwavering. He would mow his lawn and extend his help to his neighbors, mowing a few more lawns along the street. He kept in touch with many of the neighbors even after they had moved away, always ready to welcome the new ones. His friendly nature and willingness to share the neighborhood gossip brought everyone together, often meeting at the mailbox or taking the trash cans to the street. His dedication to his loved ones was a testament to his love and appreciation for them, invoking feelings of love and appreciation in the audience. 

He enjoyed eating out at his favorite restaurants, Stagecoach, Original Mike’s, and Mr. Perry’s, where he liked to visit other customers to talk and tell jokes. He made many friends during those walkabouts. 

George is survived by his loving wife Sharan, sons Jeffery and girlfriend Cheryl, Skipper and wife Shirley, loving sister Sharron, and half-sisters Marlene, Monica, and Melinda. Former daughter-in-law Barbara. Loving grandchildren Shasta, Cash, Brandy Jean, Matthew, and Mackenzie. And great-grandchildren Todd, Riley, and Cash. Sister-in-law Karen, brothers-in-law Dale Lamb, and Louie Polanco. Five nephews, Ryan, Robert, Father Matthew, Dale Jr., and Louie Jr., and four nieces, Kimberly, Shelley, Mata, and Laura. Great nephews Kurtis, Remington, LT, Adam, and Martin. Great nieces Khrysten, and Merideth. One great grand-niece, Abbigail. 

In place of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or a Veteran’s organization. 

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