George John Valko, 94, passed away peacefully following a five- year battle with prostate cancer. He was the son of George and Gizella Valko and was born in Lorain, Ohio, where he spent the first 38 years of his life. After living in Elyria Township for 29 years, he moved to Charleston, SC, in 1996. George served two years in the US Army during the Korean War.
He worked for US Steel, Lorain Works, for 40 years, the last 15 as foreman, pipe mill maintenance, in #4 seamless mill. George also worked at Elyria Memorial Hospital for 10 years as courier/parking guard.
While in Charleston, George volunteered at the SC Aquarium and clocked 3200 volunteer hours at Roper St. Francis Hospital. In Ohio, he ushered at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. He was a long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church where he established the Widows Assistance Committee. He was a member of the Gideons Charleston West Camp and a charter member of American Legion Post 208. George was
a man of many interests and spent a great deal of time reading and watching football!
George loved his family and cherished time with them. Survivors include his wife of 70 years Audrey A.; daughter Denise A. Kroninger of Charleston, sons George A. of Lantana, TX; Tim R. of Toledo, OH, David J. Sr. of Lake Forest, IL: and his sister Marie Fletcher of Potomac Falls, VA. He was blessed with seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. George believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and tried to follow Micah 6:8: To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with his God.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, t2t.org, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island NY, 10306; or Gideons, Charleston West Camp, PO Box 31193, Charleston, SC, 29417. A special thank you to the aides and nurses at Roper Hospice.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 11 am at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1400 Manor Blvd, Charleston. Family will greet friends before and after the service. Burial will be private.