George A. Langston
George A. Langsston, 1914-2013, passed away in Bradenton, Fla. on August 15. He was born in Marshall County and raised on farm a few miles southeast of Paducah. Parents Hansel and Nora (Kinney) were natives of Calloway and Marshall counties. In the midst of the Great Depression, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, supporting himself by repairing radios for Barney Miller’s in Lexington. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he moved north to Dayton, OH to work at Wrigth-Patterson AFB in the Communication and Navigation Division. In 1942 he married Sara Bonta Gentry of Harrodsburg, a friend from UK who was also working at WPAFB. They settled in Dayton, had two daughters and eventually moved to Kettering, OH. After working 33 years at WPAFB, George retired from the Avionics Laboratory in the mid-70s and the couple moved to Brandenton.
A man of considerable analytic skills, George enjoyed problem-solving, whether it involved restoring vintage cars, growing staghorn ferns or baking sourdough bread from scratch. He was particularly adept at photography and could fix just about anything, as his neighbors would attest.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sara in January 2005, and is survived by daughters Margaret Langston and Mary Langston Baron of Oakland, Calif. and granddaughters Jessica Baron and Caitlin Baron of the San Francisco Bay Area
A private ceremony will be held at Mount Carmel Cemetery near Benton later this month.