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July 7, 1950 - August 22, 2011
George D. Trautlein, electrical dept. head of Ball Corp. in Middletown, died on Monday, August 22 at home. He was 61. The son of the late George P. and Elizabeth Bodell Trautlein, he was born on July 7, 1950 in Port Jervis.
A lifetime resident of the area, George was a member of Minisink Valley High School Class of 1969; Holy Cross R.C. Church in South Centerville; Hoffman Lodge Order of Free Masons in Middletown, and a past member of the Johnson Fire Department. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict from 1971-73. George was also a judge for Odyssey of the Mind Competitions. He loved music and was the lead singer and guitarist of his band, GT and the OCR (Orange County Rockers). George was a talented song writer who wrote both rock and country songs and enjoyed playing music in local nursing homes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Diane at home; his sons, George Christopher Trautlein and his wife, Mary of Middletown and William Trautlein of Windsor, PA and one daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Frankie Bonczek of Windsor, PA. George also is survived by his sisters: Sally Joyce and her husband, Roy of Westtown, Patricia Crotty of Apache Junction, AZ, and Kathy O'Connor of Jasper, IN and his beloved grandchildren: George Xavier, Angelleah Faith, Jayden, Jenna and Evan.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. The funeral service with Military Honors will be held Friday, August 26 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Cremation and final interment will be private.
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