George Washington Hanshew, 99, Emporia, Kansas, passed away Sunday morning, December 15, 2013 at Holiday Resort Care Center, Emporia. A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at Wellston Cemetery, Wellston, Oklahoma. The service will be conducted by Rev. Michael Burkett, United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, a member of the family, from Yukon, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at the Wellston Senior Center, Wellston, Oklahoma, beginning at 12:00 P.M., Monday, December 23, 2013. Friends may also pay their respects at Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia, after 5:00 P.M. Thursday, December 19, 2013, through Sunday evening. George Hanshew was born in Wellston, Oklahoma on February 17, 1914, the son of James Marion and Rebecca Allen ?Allie? (Vaughan) Hanshew. He married Thelma Brannan on December 18, 1937 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She died November 8, 1988 in Fallon, Nevada. He married Eula May Barnes, who was a classmate from Wellston High School class of 1934, in October (actually September) of 1989, at Bartlesville, Oklahoma (actually Nowata, Nowata, OK... they lived in Bartlesville). She died in January of 1991. His companion later in life, Betty Nunnallee passed away in May of 2013. Surviving family members include: sons, Paul Hanshew and his wife, Diane, Emporia, Jon Robert Hanshew and his wife, Gail, Oakland, California; daughter; DeAnn Reeves, Ronald, Washington; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers. Before moving to Emporia in 2012, Mr. Hanshew lived in Bartlesville, Arkansas City, Kansas, Oklahoma City, and Wellston. He retired in 1979 from the John Morrell Meat Packing Company in Arkansas City. Mr. Hanshew was a member of the United Methodist Church, Bartlesvile, Rodeo Key Club for retired employees of Rodeo Meats in Arkansas City, and was the oldest living member of the Wellston High School Alumni Association. He was a graduate of Hills Business School, Oklahoma City, and was also a private pilot. After retirement in 1979, and that of his wife in 1980 from teaching at Chilocco Indian School, they purchased a motor home and began to travel. They traveled extensively throughout the North America, including Mexico. Following Thelma?s death, George continued to travel and made several trips to Europe. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, especially ?Bridge?, and was a family man who treasured time with his children, grandchildren, and great, and great-great grandchildren. Memorial contributions to Wellston Alumni Association, Wellston, Oklahoma may be sent in care of the funeral home. .