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George L. Hart Jr., 1922–2017

On Oct. 20, 2017, George Levi Hart Jr., surrounded by loved ones, peacefully went to Heaven to be with his wife, the love of his life, Barbara Rose Hart.

George was born in Trenton, N.J., where he remained until he joined the United States Army Air Force in December 1942. He served his country through 1952, having flown more than 50 missions as a nose gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress in World War II. After being honorably discharged, George went on to become a Los Angeles police officer until he retired in 1985. He moved to Tehachapi, Calif., shortly thereafter.

In retirement, George spent his time golfing, vacationing in Laughlin, Nev., talking about his great-granddaughter, and hanging out with “the gang” at the original real estate office in Stallion Springs.

George is survived by his son, Wayne Hart of Oregon; his granddaughter, Roshon Chavez; three great-grandchildren, Nicole Chavez (24), Alexandra Chavez (19), and John Chavez Jr. (17) of Southern California; his daughter-in-law, Thora Hart of Georgia; and many cousins back home in New Jersey.

George had an incredible “angel family” here in Tehachapi, the Smethursts, Paul, Marleen, Amanda and Madison. He loved them so very much.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Hart Sr.; his mother, Beatrice (Haviland) Hart; wife, Barbara Rose Hart; and his son, Scott Hart.

George and Barbara will be together forever at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. George and Barbara will be together forever at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, where a service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

We all loved him, and we envision Georgie dancing in Heaven with his beloved Barbara.

All who knew you will always love you, Georgie.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you hug and kiss the ones you love.

Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit

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