George R. Henkle, 98, the Lebanon, Ohio, real estate broker who was credited with coining the term "Cincinnati-Dayton corridor,” died Sunday, July 26, 2009.
The lifelong Warren County, Ohio, resident played a major role in developing the land along the Interstate 75 corridor that stretches from Cincinnati to Dayton. Among his most notable projects: King’s Island amusement park.
The list of his business and philanthropic accomplishments and honors is extensive.
Henkle was the founding president of Countryside YMCA and a founding partner of Area Progress Council of Warren County. He led a group of Warren County business people to establish the Miami Cemetery Foundation. He was a past chairman of Ohio Presbyterian Homes.
He was twice selected “Realtor of the Year” by the Warren County Board of Realtors and “Man of the Year” by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.
A conservationist, Henkle served as a president of Little Miami Inc. and a trustee of the Miami Purchase Association, Urban Land Institute and Urban Land Research Foundation.
He grew up on a farm outside his native Waynesville, Ohio. He graduated from Waynesville High School in 1929 and was inducted into the school district’s hall of fame when it was established in 2005.
Henkle graduated from Wittenberg University in 1933 and earned a master’s degree in retailing from New York University in 1934.
His wife of 67 years, Lois, is deceased.
Henkle is survived by his son, Jack (Alice) of Miamisburg, Ohio; daughters, Patsie (David) Evans of Allison Park, Pa., and Mary (William) Kaufman of Lebanon, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 123 N. East St., Lebanon.
Arrangements: Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, Lebanon.
This obituary was posted originally on ObitsOhio.com on July 26, 2009.