George Danker was born October 30, 1932 to Sarah Nelson Danker and Del Danker in Aurora, Nebraska. He is survived by his younger sisters Sharon Meyers and Jeanne Leonard. His path in life was interesting and full of variety. He bought his first car (that wouldn't run) and had it towed home. Tore it apart, reassembled, and it ran, all before he legally could drive. He began his newspaper career at age 15 as a Photographer. At age 17 he won 1st place in the Nebraska State Press association for High School Journalism. He was featured in the New York Sunday news by a columnist as "Tops among Teen", for amazing photos he took of a Nebraska Blizzard.
His Journey of Life next took him into the Air Force where he was stationed @ Tachikawa, Japan. He served as Editor for the Stars and Stripes newspaper distributed to US bases all over the Far East. Following discharge he went to work for The Denver Post.
George was part explorer and part entrepreneur. In his life he owned and ran local newspapers, was a major stockholder and served on the Board of Directors for a Montana steel fabrication co., was a Charter pilot and co-owner of a car rental agency. He ran a capital investment co. and later followed a dream and became a bank manager. His explorer side enjoyed flying his own airplanes, sailing his own boats and taking cruises to see the world.
He was a writer, reporter, photographer, Editor, Pilot, Captain, Service member, boss, coach, friend, golfer, entrepreneur, Father, role model, with patience and Love.
Claudia, his wife of almost 46 years, and his children, new him to be Tall, smart, kind, strong, creative, generous, fair, funny and loving. His Children are Kristin, Lori, Kelly, Michael and Brad. One son states he was my Dad, not by birth, but by choice and states, "I am who I am because he was who he was".
George was the proud Grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, many of whom called him "Papa". He had wonderful Grandparents, one whom helped him get started in the newspaper business. That Grandfather left the family farm to George and his sisters.
We all thank God that he was a part of our lives and will love him and miss him forever.
A memorial service will not be held at the present time due to Covid 19. Memorials on his behalf may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project @ woundedwarriorproject.org., or Cops Who Care @ Wickenburg Police Department. Friends and Family may offer online condolences @ wickenburgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral and Crematory.