George Washington Ayres

George Washington Ayres, retired Air Force Master Sergeant, returned to his heavenly home in the early hours of October 2, 2017. His devout faith in God and belief in everlasting life helped him pass peacefully surrounded by his family.

George was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 13, 1948 to the late George and Mabel Ayres; his love and affection for his parents was immeasurable and a huge contributor to the man he became. Their unwavering faith in God and scripture not only influenced him but continues to guide his family.

Mr. Ayres enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1968 and served his country through sacrifice and mentoring countless new enlistees on the expectations of military service. He retired in 1988 as the Commandant of the Preliminary Military Education facility on Luke AFB as a highly respected NCO, including endorsements from top Air Force leaders.

George was blessed with a large and loving family. He fell in love with his best friend, Karen Fischer and was married on September 20, 1969. Karen never failed to be his true love and her selfless commitment to him and his family has been awe inspiring.

George is survived by Karen Fischer, and their four children, Jonathan (Kim), Rebecca (Charles “CJ” Tighe, Jr.) Meggan (Danny), and Aimee. He was also blessed with six grandchildren who love him dearly, Adrian, McKenzie, Tyler, Brianna, Emily and Stephen; as well as two sisters he adores, Renee D’Amore (Joseph, Jr.) and Deborah Waller-Hayes (Steve.)

Mr. Ayres and his family received a miracle the day they found Harvard House of Care, Goodyear, AZ. J.R. and Lily welcomed him from day one and he became a part of their family. He trusted and loved them. They ensured his last stages of life were ones filled with respect, unconditional caring, and true sincerity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And Don, George’s roommate…you will never know how much it meant to us having someone that looked out for him. All of you are amazing people.

From our family to all of those who have provided love and support, it has meant the world.

Thompson Funeral Chapel will be administering services held next door at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30 am. Burial proceedings with full military honors will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024 immediately following the service.

20 Comments on “George Washington Ayres

  1. My sincerest condolences on the loss of this outstanding man. May God give you comfort in the coming days .

  2. I was very privileged to have met George and his beautiful family several years ago. My sincerest condolences to all of you who loved him. I am there with you in spirit.

  3. I am George’s cousin. My mother and his mother were sisters. I have not seen George in years. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember George , with all his antics, his quick wit, and oh so dry sense of humor. You have a beautiful family, and I pray in time, your memories will be your comfort.

    • Dear Janet, thank you for your kind words. George had a rough few years with alzheimers. Even though we’ve been divorced for 20 years the last few years I was able to be there to help support my kids in their care of him. I think of you often and remember our many years of friendship fondly . much love Karen

  5. So sorry to hear of this. Went all thru high school with George. Bill and George pulled lots of stunts sr year.
    Praying for your family.
    Bill and Linda(mcmaster) Lewis

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. George and Karen were so much a part of our lives growing up in Philadelphia. Hugs to all.

  7. Dear Karen, Meggan and family.

    May God comfort you all in your sadness and grief. It is so hard to loose a parent/spouse.

    With love and Prayers
    Gloria and Rick Hunt

    • Thank you Hunt family for the condolences. It means a lot to our family.

      Best Regards,

  8. I am friends with his son. I only knew him a little bit but I admired him. I am sorry that the family lost this asset

  9. Renee I recall seeing him when he first came home just from the photo how I admired him. He was Blessed to have such a good life. May you all find peace in his remembrance.

  10. Dear Karen and family,
    I was so very sad to hear of George’s passing. I hope that remembering the good times you shared will soon replace the sadness you’re feeling now. Keeping you in my prayers.

  11. A caring soul, classmate and fellow USAF MSgt. He was a blessing to many.

  12. George was a good friend all during High School. May he rest in peace.
    To George’s family, my sincere condolences. He was a wonderful guy.

  13. I remember Mr. Ayer’s from back in my childhood days on Tyndall AFB. He was a great dad and always welcomed me into their home. Praying for comfort for The Ayers Family.

  14. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I’m sure he will be greatly missed. We hope that you will be comforted by the wonderful memories of happy times you spent together. Love to all.

    • Thank you Mary and Larry for the condolences – it’s means a lot to our family.

      Take Care,

  15. Our prayers and sympathy to all of you. We have never forgotten our trips to Mexico Beach with all of you. George was in many conversations of our memories of our time at Tyndall. May you treasure the happy memories you have of George. Blessings and Peace.

  16. George is a Great Friend to me and Family. will miss you My Brother P.A. God Bless RIP. A Great Man in Heaven. Paul Mendez

  17. George is a Great to me and my family. Miss you My Brother. God Bless RIP. Great Man in Heaven.

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