George William Dana, Jr.

01/11/1952 — 09/06/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Fond du lac, Wisconsin

George William Dana, Jr.

George W. Dana, Jr.

George W. Dana, Jr., 51, died at home on Saturday. September 06, 2003 following a courageous fight from kidney cancer. He was born January 11, 1952 to George and Doris Dana in Fond du lac, Wisconsin.

George’s family moved to Richland, Washington in June of 1963. George graduated from Richland High School in 1970. George enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent 2 years aboard the nuclear submarine the Woodrow Wilson. In 1976, George graduated from Eastern Washington University. He returned to Richland where he went to work for United Engineers during the construction of the WPPSS 1 and WPPSS 2 Reactors, J.A. Jones, 1980 and currently was working for Fluor Federal Services as a Contract Specialist.

George loved life and all the people in it. He was an avid golfer at Meadows Spring Country Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as a 4th Degree Knight and for several years held the office of Financial Secretary. He loved music from the 50’s. 60’s, and 70’s and boy could he dance. He also had the greatest ability to tell a story with increditable humor. George’s sense of humor was one of his greatest attributes. George filled his life with family and friends. He cherished his life and fought a long and painful battle to beat this cancer. Leaving us all behind was as hard for George, as it was for us letting him go.

George leaves behind his mother, Doris P. Dana, Richland, 3 sisters, Carol L. Ghaffari Joe, Seattle, Washington, Julie A. Dana and Nancy D. Foreman Bob both of Richland, Washington. His brother, Robert G. Dana, Amanda, Vancouver, Washington. Several nephews and nieces, Camron Ghaffari Karen, New York, New York, Shaun Kalinowski Joe Canby, Oregon, Sarah Dana and Laura Baszniak Nick both of Vancouver, Washington. Daniel Dana, Nathaniel and Natalie Foreman all of Richland, Washington.

His father George W. Dana, precedes him in death. George leaves behind a wealth of the very finest friends any person could ever know. His dear friends provided George and his family with continuous, unwavering support and love throughout his battle with cancer.

Rosary will be said at Einan’s Funeral Home on Friday September 12th at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday September 13th at 1:00 pm at Christ the King Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in George’s name to Tri-Cites Chaplaincy Hospice, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 or Tri-Cites Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.

A Committal service and Inurnment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens on October 12, 2003 at 1:00 PM followed by a Celebration of George's Life at the Richland Knights of Columbus Hall at 2:00 PM.

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  • I met George only briefly before he had to leave work due to his illness. He always had a smile on his face and spoke so positively about things. If there were more people like him in the world we would never have to worry. I’m thankful for haveing met George. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Rita Magnaghi
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and dear friends of George. He was a true pleasure to be around and made “work” enjoyable. I’ll miss him.

    Sue Patterson
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • I will miss George. What a great person he was to be around. I played music for 3 of the Class of 1970 Richland High Reunions & numerous “Circle OF Friends” parties. His knowledge of music was fantastic. Sometimes I felt like I should have just turned the Dj duties over to him. Always the life of the party. He will be with us always with the oldies cranked up! Rock on George! I’ll miss you! BEAR

    Barry
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Laura & Monty Stratton
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I met George at college and later reunited as co-workers at JA Jones, Kaiser and Fluor. He was a good friend and will be missed. My sincere condolences to family.

    Ron D. Chapman
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Just yesterday I was wondering how George was doing. Then I saw his obituary in the morning paper.

    I first met him while working For UE&C at Hanford 1 & 4. I really enjoyed his friendship. After the job shut down, I hadn’t seen him for a long time. I ran into him at the cancer center in Seattle. My wife and I were there for a second opinion on her cancer. Later I saw him at the cancer center in Kennewick. We also used Hospice at the end. They are angels and do such a nice job of making such a horrible thing bearable.

    Dave Ahrens

    David Ahrens
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Georgie, as some of us liked to call him was such a terrific, warm and funny man. He could bring laughter to anyone at any time. He brightened up the gloomiest days with his huge smile and sense of humor. He took me golfing which was an experience, but as bad as I was he was extremely patient and we had a terrific time. He always had time and patience for everyone. He is probably busy about now playing “Name that Tune” with the heavenly others and keeping them laughing. George will be sorely missed by those of us who went to school with him and worked with him. He is now at peace and to the family he leaves behind, please take comfort in the fact that he made a major difference in this world and to many, many people. We will never forget his smile and his big heart. God bless you Georgie!

    Kathy McLerran
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I was fortunate enough to have worked with George for several years at Kaiser Engineers and then Flour Daniel. George always seemed to have time to help you with anything, and was a very caring and generous person. I was the new Field Engineer on the block, and George always seemed to be the one to say, “Hey, let me introduce you to so and so, or help you with this

    .”, striving to make me feel at ease and confident in what I was doing. He always seemed to want to take the time to make everyone’s life better, and not because he was driven by a cause, but rather because that’s who he was. George was a great person with a wonderful sense of humor, and I will miss him immensely.

    Ron Dupuis
    November 4, 2014
    Bellevue, WA, US
  • From a good story to a glass of beer, George was always up to share either. From work to play, George was one to help over the rough spots and to liven-up the situation. We’ll miss you, George!! Blessings to you and your family.

    Rob Sheehy

    Rob Sheehy
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I am so privileged to have had George as my dear friend for over 20 years. I have so many wonderful memories of him through the years. George was a dancer extraordinaire from doing the jig and the “worm” at St. Patrick’s Day dances to the polka at Oktoberfest to dancing to the oldies, he was a natural. I’ll never forget all the JA Jones outings, nights at the Gaslight, movie nights, and burger and coke evenings I got to share with him and other good friends. George, being the great person he was, let me drag him around during numerous December evenings checking out the Christmas lights on houses year after year. Even when I moved to Seattle and then to Olympia, George always kept in touch with me and would always brighten my day with a card or a call or a visit. I’ll never forget his true love of all that life held, and his loving and generous heart. He never said an unkind thing about anyone and was truly a one-of-a-kind man that has left the world a much lesser place with his absence. May God bless his wonderful family who he loved so much and all the friends who will miss him.

    Lynn Ledgerwood
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US
  • I was fortunate enough to have known George for the 5 years I was at Hanford. His wit, charm and sense of humor were nothing short of awsome. He did love to golf and dance but his greatest asset was the ability to make everyone around him smile. I feel truly blessed to have known him. His spirit lives on in those whose lives he touched. God Bless.

    Tawnee Bosman
    November 4, 2014
    Mount, Vernon, WA, US
  • One of my best memories of George is of the time he helped me get my new truck in Spokane. At work I had been talking to George about getting a truck and he suggested looking at the dealership in Spokane where he had just recently bought his. He said, “Lets drive up tonight and have a look”. He drove me in his truck so that if I decided to buy one I could drive it home. There was snow on the ground but George thought nothing of spending 7 to 8 hours helping me on that cold December evening. Thank you George, I will truly miss you. I will hear your laugh forever.

    Larry Browne
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • George was the nicest person I had met in a long time. He always was upbeat and had time to help or answer a question. I only worked with him for a short time, but have always considered him a friend. God bless you all and confort you in your loss.

    Karen Kimbler
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathies to the family of George. I knew Georage as a coworker,and friend but mostly as a die hard Green Bay Packer fan. His wit and sence of humor will always be with us. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of loss. He will be missed greatly.

    Bob Kitchen

    Bob Kitchen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We are in Denver and very sorry we will miss the services. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. No one was more fun than George. His presence made everyone happy and we will all miss him.

    Jim and Judy Zimmerman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our prayers are with you and yours. George’s cheerfulness will be greatly missed.

    Leasa Hetzer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George’s sense of humor and his zest for life will truly be missed. What a loss…

    Sue Barnard
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Soon after I started working with George I caught him donating a hundred dollar bill when a collection was taken up for a co-worker. That said volumes to me about George’s generous heart. After that I got to know George’s incredible sense of humor not a workday went by that he didn’t make me laugh, and his funny little quirks like his need to be organized ALL THE TIME!!! :-

    I will think fondly of George often as he is just one of those unforgettable people.

    God Blessed him in life…God will bless him now.

    Tracy Key

    Tracy Key
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George and I founded “Doo Wop Central” while working together in the 200 East Area. I was playing the oldies channel on the radio. George’s office was across the hall from mine and every time an oldie came on the radio that he especially liked, he would come bouncing across the hall saying, “yeah that’s a good one”! Before we knew it, we were known as Doo Wop Central. Everyone in our group started bringing in their favorite oldies on cd. Our lunchtimes were spent listening to oldies in the conference room. When we moved into town, we kept Doo Wop Central going, only now it’s been renamed “George’s Doo Wop Central”. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend working with George. He brightened the days for our whole group. It’s difficult to convey the impact that George had on all of us. I pray that his family and friends will find comfort in knowing that George was loved by us all.

    Bob Allen

    Boballoo, Czar of George’s Doo Wop Central

    Bob Allen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Even though my personal acquaintance with George was all too brief and over a short span of time, I quickly discovered his friendliness and willingness to extend himself to others and learned we shared common interest in music. We spoke several times following a comedy routine at CBC and he shared the CD he had purchased. Through this experience, I came to know him a little better and realized that regardless of his physical/medical challenges, he had time to be humorous and generous. He left this and much more behind for us to use while we still have the gift of life.

    Thanks George.

    Art Broady
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To George’s family & friends: I regret an out of town commitment keeps me from attending the services for George. George was a loved and respected member of our Fluor Procurement team and a highly skilled procurement professional. We will miss his work contributions, but moreover the light he brought to this life. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for healing. Jane Kirkendall

    Jane Kirkendall
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Tony Umek
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I worked with George at Kaiser on the corner of 4th and Baltimore in the 200E Area. George always had a humorous slant or story for any situation and was always interesting to be around. He made our retirement and going away parties a lot of fun. He will be greatly missed. God bless you George, tell St. Peter some of your stories!

    Rena E. Allbee
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George’s smile and sense of joy will stay with all of us. He is without a doubt the life of some party in the great somewhere right now.

    Terry Delsing
    November 4, 2014
    L.A., CA, US
  • George was a bright and shining light. He could always make me laugh! I will miss him. My heart goes out to you at this time of loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love & Light ~ Natalie Maiuri

    Natalie Maiuri
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George and I worked together at the drive inn theater in Richland. We were very good friends back then. Whenever I came back to town, I always looked forward in seeing George at church and sharing a few laughs together.

    I will miss him.

    Richard Swanson
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US
  • Our most sincere sympathy for your loss we are thinking of you all

    Rose & Derek Archer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • When George made you smile,which was a lot, it went all the way to your heart. And there were many times when my heart was actually belly laughing!

    What a wonderful, fun, kind man he was Good Job Mom!. He will never be forgotten.

    Jeannie Bender
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • We met George through work about ten years ago and also became friends. We will never forget his love of music, snapping his fingers, his love of people, and always a big smile on his face. George will be missed.

    Dana and Bob Worthington
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To the family of George…

    I went to school with George. He was such a kind, sincere,cheerful guy…always had a word of encouragement for me. Praying for you in your time of grieving, Darlene Merrill

    Darlene Merrill
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George and I worked together at the Richland Knights of Columbus. What a gentle, caring and wonderful friend! His handshake always seemed to express his genuine concern for me. We Knights will miss George at our council meetings but especially we will miss his friendliness and humor. Goodbye old friend, I will miss you, pray for you and remember you.

    Michael Rung
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I worked with Dana at JAJones for all the years he was there.I loved his sense of humor and love of life. I will always hold fond memories of him. Dana and Vic Marshall are my most cherised memories of JA Jones. May Dana’s family find some peace in knowing how well loved George was.

    Signed, Arline Powers McNichols

    Mr & Mrs Alan McNichols
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • To Doris and your loving family. Sharon and I are extremely sorry to hear of Georg’s passing. He has been an inspiration to both of us and an individual of extreme character. We came to know George and you later in our years, however the enjoyment he brought with his unending sense of humor and warmth will always be treasured. While he is in a better place he will be sorely missed by us and all of his friends. We wish you well and pray that your greif is softened by all that George meant to his friends and family. He was a good man and a good friend.

    Jim and Sharon Fulton
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To many of you who have worked with George in more recent years, especially those in the 2430 Stevens building where I also work, it may surprise you to know George and I go way back…to 1983. We met when I was fresh out of college and starting my first job at J.A. Jones Construction Co. We shared several things in common…a few of which were a love of music, going to lots of movies together, and both having lived in Western Oregon. Speaking of, one of my favorite George stories was about when he first moved to Richland. When they were crossing into the State for the first time from Umatilla over he Columbia River he spotted the “Welcome to Washington” sign, which also says “The Evergreen State.” Well, he looked around at all the sage and dirt and brown not a speck of green in sight and kinda thought, yeah right. I can’t spin a yarn like George could, but I’m sure y’all can imagine the story being told in George style. Another favorite memory is much more recent…from his 50th birthday party at the Crier. A little later in evening, once the DJ started playing music, he’d listen the beginning of a new song for a moment and then pronounce, “I’ll dance when they play a song I recognize!” Needless to say, they weren’t spinning many tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s. :- My most recent memory of George is of him getting to move to a new office…his first every downtown office in all his years at Hanford. Believe it or not, the office he moved into was the one I moved out of and down the hall. I’m very grateful to have gotten to spend some time around George again during his last days at work. What a delight. My heart goes out to all his friends and family who were a more intimate part of his life. I was only on the periphery, yet I still feel greatly impacted by the loss. God Bless, George. Keep on rockin’.

    Chris Wiprud
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George,

    I know your there over my shoulder right now. Although we have not shared much time in recient years, we do have memories of great times together growing up. You have given a great deal to others in helping them understand the lighter and more meaningful side of life. Until till we meet again, you are always in my heart…God Bless….Steck

    Mike Steckline
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of a fine man who left a legasy of caring and humor.

    William A. Kitchen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was a remarkable man. I graduated from Col-Hi now Richland High with George. A fello BOMBER forever! Although I didn’t know him as well as many others, he and I always had some great stories to share from our high school days. He could really tell a story, and his sense of humor was wonderful and the thing I loved about him the most. He could really make you laugh. We will all miss him very much. I wish to extend my heartfelt prayers and good wishes to his family during this time of loss.

    Cat Pearsall
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George’s humor was his greatest asset. Jumpin and jivin, a big smile, snapping his fingers and always quick with a joke or a wise crack. Having him around was always fun! I’m sure he will be telling a few jokes to the Guy in the white robe. We’ll miss you Bro!

    Jim Mortimer
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George was a man that loved and lived life to the fullest. The times I had the pleasure of his company were always enjoyable and very entertaining.That is how I will remember George.

    Stan Wolf
    November 4, 2014
    Greenacres, WA, US
  • To the family of George:

    I worked several months in George’s group and was quickly introduced to his humor, wit and enjoyment of Doo-Wop rock and roll tunes.

    I have many great memories of my brief time knowing George and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Larry Hayner
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was with great sadness that I read George’s obituary in the paper. We had worked together 20 years ago. Yet, memories of his kindness, joy of living, great discussions and clear explanation of scheduling matters have floated through my mind throughout the years to my benefit. I was glad to know the world was a better place because he was in it, continuing to be who he was. I will not lose those memories but now they will be tinged in sadness. Thank you for sharing him.

    Kathy Irish
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Was sorry to read of Dana’s passing, he is a better place with no more pain….I remeber him from High School and how he always took time to say Hi to everyone even if you were’nt in his group of friends…I know he’ll be missed

    Elaine Hawkins Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • George touched my life about two years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His council gave me the strength to cope with my disease. Please let me offer my condolences to all of George’s family. He will always be remembered in our prayers.

    Joe Tarcza
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Although I only knew George for a short time, he touched my life with his wit, humor and good nature. What a wonderful man – accepting and positive. He brightened up the room. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with him. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Shannon Broz
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Don and I were so sorry to hear about George. He was one of the greatest men we have ever met. He was so full of life, and loved life and everyone in it. He will be missed by a whole lot of people. Hope all of you can hang in there, after having lost my Dad from cancer 5 weeks ago, I know what you are all going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don and Marcia Foss
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • No one could bring an upbeat mood to a room like George. He did it effortlessly and with genuine spirit. He will be missed greatly.

    Peace, George.

    Mike Davis
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • I have had the pleasure to work with George over the past seven years. We watched his courageous struggle with tremendous admiration. He took everything in stride, and maintained his wonderful perspective and sense of humor. I am very proud to be able to say that I worked with George, had a few beers with George, and I know what a great, caring person he was.

    Jim Jacobsen

    Jim Jacobsen
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George is one of the greatest blessings in my life. He taught me life is way too short. He told me “don’t waste time & energy on unimportant things”…the most valuable lesson imaginable if you really understand it. To know George is to know that he did this everyday. No one saw or spoke to George who didn’t feel liked by him, who didn’t smile just for having been around him. He never complained or wasted time on unimportant things. He loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved to laugh with them…now that’s prioritizing!! I pray for your family and I pray that we forever have the sound of his voice, his laughter, his singing in our hearts and floating around inside of our heads…

    …love for sale…bow chicka bow-mow…la la la la…do wap, do wap…

    Sami Merriman
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • George was a great friend and a wonderful person. We will all miss him and his warm and charm. He will always be in our thoughts and prays.

    Mike Brubaker
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I met George only briefly before he had to leave work due to his illness. He always had a smile on his face and spoke so positively about things. If there were more people like him in the world we would never have to worry. I’m thankful for haveing met George. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Rita Magnaghi
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and dear friends of George. He was a true pleasure to be around and made “work” enjoyable. I’ll miss him.

    Sue Patterson
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • I will miss George. What a great person he was to be around. I played music for 3 of the Class of 1970 Richland High Reunions & numerous “Circle OF Friends” parties. His knowledge of music was fantastic. Sometimes I felt like I should have just turned the Dj duties over to him. Always the life of the party. He will be with us always with the oldies cranked up! Rock on George! I’ll miss you! BEAR

    Barry
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Laura & Monty Stratton
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I met George at college and later reunited as co-workers at JA Jones, Kaiser and Fluor. He was a good friend and will be missed. My sincere condolences to family.

    Ron D. Chapman
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Just yesterday I was wondering how George was doing. Then I saw his obituary in the morning paper.

    I first met him while working For UE&C at Hanford 1 & 4. I really enjoyed his friendship. After the job shut down, I hadn’t seen him for a long time. I ran into him at the cancer center in Seattle. My wife and I were there for a second opinion on her cancer. Later I saw him at the cancer center in Kennewick. We also used Hospice at the end. They are angels and do such a nice job of making such a horrible thing bearable.

    Dave Ahrens

    David Ahrens
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Georgie, as some of us liked to call him was such a terrific, warm and funny man. He could bring laughter to anyone at any time. He brightened up the gloomiest days with his huge smile and sense of humor. He took me golfing which was an experience, but as bad as I was he was extremely patient and we had a terrific time. He always had time and patience for everyone. He is probably busy about now playing “Name that Tune” with the heavenly others and keeping them laughing. George will be sorely missed by those of us who went to school with him and worked with him. He is now at peace and to the family he leaves behind, please take comfort in the fact that he made a major difference in this world and to many, many people. We will never forget his smile and his big heart. God bless you Georgie!

    Kathy McLerran
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I was fortunate enough to have worked with George for several years at Kaiser Engineers and then Flour Daniel. George always seemed to have time to help you with anything, and was a very caring and generous person. I was the new Field Engineer on the block, and George always seemed to be the one to say, “Hey, let me introduce you to so and so, or help you with this

    .”, striving to make me feel at ease and confident in what I was doing. He always seemed to want to take the time to make everyone’s life better, and not because he was driven by a cause, but rather because that’s who he was. George was a great person with a wonderful sense of humor, and I will miss him immensely.

    Ron Dupuis
    November 4, 2014
    Bellevue, WA, US
  • From a good story to a glass of beer, George was always up to share either. From work to play, George was one to help over the rough spots and to liven-up the situation. We’ll miss you, George!! Blessings to you and your family.

    Rob Sheehy

    Rob Sheehy
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I am so privileged to have had George as my dear friend for over 20 years. I have so many wonderful memories of him through the years. George was a dancer extraordinaire from doing the jig and the “worm” at St. Patrick’s Day dances to the polka at Oktoberfest to dancing to the oldies, he was a natural. I’ll never forget all the JA Jones outings, nights at the Gaslight, movie nights, and burger and coke evenings I got to share with him and other good friends. George, being the great person he was, let me drag him around during numerous December evenings checking out the Christmas lights on houses year after year. Even when I moved to Seattle and then to Olympia, George always kept in touch with me and would always brighten my day with a card or a call or a visit. I’ll never forget his true love of all that life held, and his loving and generous heart. He never said an unkind thing about anyone and was truly a one-of-a-kind man that has left the world a much lesser place with his absence. May God bless his wonderful family who he loved so much and all the friends who will miss him.

    Lynn Ledgerwood
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US
  • I was fortunate enough to have known George for the 5 years I was at Hanford. His wit, charm and sense of humor were nothing short of awsome. He did love to golf and dance but his greatest asset was the ability to make everyone around him smile. I feel truly blessed to have known him. His spirit lives on in those whose lives he touched. God Bless.

    Tawnee Bosman
    November 4, 2014
    Mount, Vernon, WA, US
  • One of my best memories of George is of the time he helped me get my new truck in Spokane. At work I had been talking to George about getting a truck and he suggested looking at the dealership in Spokane where he had just recently bought his. He said, “Lets drive up tonight and have a look”. He drove me in his truck so that if I decided to buy one I could drive it home. There was snow on the ground but George thought nothing of spending 7 to 8 hours helping me on that cold December evening. Thank you George, I will truly miss you. I will hear your laugh forever.

    Larry Browne
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • George was the nicest person I had met in a long time. He always was upbeat and had time to help or answer a question. I only worked with him for a short time, but have always considered him a friend. God bless you all and confort you in your loss.

    Karen Kimbler
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathies to the family of George. I knew Georage as a coworker,and friend but mostly as a die hard Green Bay Packer fan. His wit and sence of humor will always be with us. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of loss. He will be missed greatly.

    Bob Kitchen

    Bob Kitchen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We are in Denver and very sorry we will miss the services. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. No one was more fun than George. His presence made everyone happy and we will all miss him.

    Jim and Judy Zimmerman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our prayers are with you and yours. George’s cheerfulness will be greatly missed.

    Leasa Hetzer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George’s sense of humor and his zest for life will truly be missed. What a loss…

    Sue Barnard
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Soon after I started working with George I caught him donating a hundred dollar bill when a collection was taken up for a co-worker. That said volumes to me about George’s generous heart. After that I got to know George’s incredible sense of humor not a workday went by that he didn’t make me laugh, and his funny little quirks like his need to be organized ALL THE TIME!!! :-

    I will think fondly of George often as he is just one of those unforgettable people.

    God Blessed him in life…God will bless him now.

    Tracy Key

    Tracy Key
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George and I founded “Doo Wop Central” while working together in the 200 East Area. I was playing the oldies channel on the radio. George’s office was across the hall from mine and every time an oldie came on the radio that he especially liked, he would come bouncing across the hall saying, “yeah that’s a good one”! Before we knew it, we were known as Doo Wop Central. Everyone in our group started bringing in their favorite oldies on cd. Our lunchtimes were spent listening to oldies in the conference room. When we moved into town, we kept Doo Wop Central going, only now it’s been renamed “George’s Doo Wop Central”. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend working with George. He brightened the days for our whole group. It’s difficult to convey the impact that George had on all of us. I pray that his family and friends will find comfort in knowing that George was loved by us all.

    Bob Allen

    Boballoo, Czar of George’s Doo Wop Central

    Bob Allen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Even though my personal acquaintance with George was all too brief and over a short span of time, I quickly discovered his friendliness and willingness to extend himself to others and learned we shared common interest in music. We spoke several times following a comedy routine at CBC and he shared the CD he had purchased. Through this experience, I came to know him a little better and realized that regardless of his physical/medical challenges, he had time to be humorous and generous. He left this and much more behind for us to use while we still have the gift of life.

    Thanks George.

    Art Broady
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To George’s family & friends: I regret an out of town commitment keeps me from attending the services for George. George was a loved and respected member of our Fluor Procurement team and a highly skilled procurement professional. We will miss his work contributions, but moreover the light he brought to this life. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for healing. Jane Kirkendall

    Jane Kirkendall
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Tony Umek
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I worked with George at Kaiser on the corner of 4th and Baltimore in the 200E Area. George always had a humorous slant or story for any situation and was always interesting to be around. He made our retirement and going away parties a lot of fun. He will be greatly missed. God bless you George, tell St. Peter some of your stories!

    Rena E. Allbee
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George’s smile and sense of joy will stay with all of us. He is without a doubt the life of some party in the great somewhere right now.

    Terry Delsing
    November 4, 2014
    L.A., CA, US
  • George was a bright and shining light. He could always make me laugh! I will miss him. My heart goes out to you at this time of loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love & Light ~ Natalie Maiuri

    Natalie Maiuri
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George and I worked together at the drive inn theater in Richland. We were very good friends back then. Whenever I came back to town, I always looked forward in seeing George at church and sharing a few laughs together.

    I will miss him.

    Richard Swanson
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US
  • Our most sincere sympathy for your loss we are thinking of you all

    Rose & Derek Archer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • When George made you smile,which was a lot, it went all the way to your heart. And there were many times when my heart was actually belly laughing!

    What a wonderful, fun, kind man he was Good Job Mom!. He will never be forgotten.

    Jeannie Bender
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • We met George through work about ten years ago and also became friends. We will never forget his love of music, snapping his fingers, his love of people, and always a big smile on his face. George will be missed.

    Dana and Bob Worthington
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To the family of George…

    I went to school with George. He was such a kind, sincere,cheerful guy…always had a word of encouragement for me. Praying for you in your time of grieving, Darlene Merrill

    Darlene Merrill
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George and I worked together at the Richland Knights of Columbus. What a gentle, caring and wonderful friend! His handshake always seemed to express his genuine concern for me. We Knights will miss George at our council meetings but especially we will miss his friendliness and humor. Goodbye old friend, I will miss you, pray for you and remember you.

    Michael Rung
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I worked with Dana at JAJones for all the years he was there.I loved his sense of humor and love of life. I will always hold fond memories of him. Dana and Vic Marshall are my most cherised memories of JA Jones. May Dana’s family find some peace in knowing how well loved George was.

    Signed, Arline Powers McNichols

    Mr & Mrs Alan McNichols
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • To Doris and your loving family. Sharon and I are extremely sorry to hear of Georg’s passing. He has been an inspiration to both of us and an individual of extreme character. We came to know George and you later in our years, however the enjoyment he brought with his unending sense of humor and warmth will always be treasured. While he is in a better place he will be sorely missed by us and all of his friends. We wish you well and pray that your greif is softened by all that George meant to his friends and family. He was a good man and a good friend.

    Jim and Sharon Fulton
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To many of you who have worked with George in more recent years, especially those in the 2430 Stevens building where I also work, it may surprise you to know George and I go way back…to 1983. We met when I was fresh out of college and starting my first job at J.A. Jones Construction Co. We shared several things in common…a few of which were a love of music, going to lots of movies together, and both having lived in Western Oregon. Speaking of, one of my favorite George stories was about when he first moved to Richland. When they were crossing into the State for the first time from Umatilla over he Columbia River he spotted the “Welcome to Washington” sign, which also says “The Evergreen State.” Well, he looked around at all the sage and dirt and brown not a speck of green in sight and kinda thought, yeah right. I can’t spin a yarn like George could, but I’m sure y’all can imagine the story being told in George style. Another favorite memory is much more recent…from his 50th birthday party at the Crier. A little later in evening, once the DJ started playing music, he’d listen the beginning of a new song for a moment and then pronounce, “I’ll dance when they play a song I recognize!” Needless to say, they weren’t spinning many tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s. :- My most recent memory of George is of him getting to move to a new office…his first every downtown office in all his years at Hanford. Believe it or not, the office he moved into was the one I moved out of and down the hall. I’m very grateful to have gotten to spend some time around George again during his last days at work. What a delight. My heart goes out to all his friends and family who were a more intimate part of his life. I was only on the periphery, yet I still feel greatly impacted by the loss. God Bless, George. Keep on rockin’.

    Chris Wiprud
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George,

    I know your there over my shoulder right now. Although we have not shared much time in recient years, we do have memories of great times together growing up. You have given a great deal to others in helping them understand the lighter and more meaningful side of life. Until till we meet again, you are always in my heart…God Bless….Steck

    Mike Steckline
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of a fine man who left a legasy of caring and humor.

    William A. Kitchen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was a remarkable man. I graduated from Col-Hi now Richland High with George. A fello BOMBER forever! Although I didn’t know him as well as many others, he and I always had some great stories to share from our high school days. He could really tell a story, and his sense of humor was wonderful and the thing I loved about him the most. He could really make you laugh. We will all miss him very much. I wish to extend my heartfelt prayers and good wishes to his family during this time of loss.

    Cat Pearsall
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George’s humor was his greatest asset. Jumpin and jivin, a big smile, snapping his fingers and always quick with a joke or a wise crack. Having him around was always fun! I’m sure he will be telling a few jokes to the Guy in the white robe. We’ll miss you Bro!

    Jim Mortimer
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George was a man that loved and lived life to the fullest. The times I had the pleasure of his company were always enjoyable and very entertaining.That is how I will remember George.

    Stan Wolf
    November 4, 2014
    Greenacres, WA, US
  • To the family of George:

    I worked several months in George’s group and was quickly introduced to his humor, wit and enjoyment of Doo-Wop rock and roll tunes.

    I have many great memories of my brief time knowing George and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Larry Hayner
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was with great sadness that I read George’s obituary in the paper. We had worked together 20 years ago. Yet, memories of his kindness, joy of living, great discussions and clear explanation of scheduling matters have floated through my mind throughout the years to my benefit. I was glad to know the world was a better place because he was in it, continuing to be who he was. I will not lose those memories but now they will be tinged in sadness. Thank you for sharing him.

    Kathy Irish
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Was sorry to read of Dana’s passing, he is a better place with no more pain….I remeber him from High School and how he always took time to say Hi to everyone even if you were’nt in his group of friends…I know he’ll be missed

    Elaine Hawkins Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • George touched my life about two years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His council gave me the strength to cope with my disease. Please let me offer my condolences to all of George’s family. He will always be remembered in our prayers.

    Joe Tarcza
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Although I only knew George for a short time, he touched my life with his wit, humor and good nature. What a wonderful man – accepting and positive. He brightened up the room. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with him. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Shannon Broz
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Don and I were so sorry to hear about George. He was one of the greatest men we have ever met. He was so full of life, and loved life and everyone in it. He will be missed by a whole lot of people. Hope all of you can hang in there, after having lost my Dad from cancer 5 weeks ago, I know what you are all going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don and Marcia Foss
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • No one could bring an upbeat mood to a room like George. He did it effortlessly and with genuine spirit. He will be missed greatly.

    Peace, George.

    Mike Davis
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • I have had the pleasure to work with George over the past seven years. We watched his courageous struggle with tremendous admiration. He took everything in stride, and maintained his wonderful perspective and sense of humor. I am very proud to be able to say that I worked with George, had a few beers with George, and I know what a great, caring person he was.

    Jim Jacobsen

    Jim Jacobsen
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George is one of the greatest blessings in my life. He taught me life is way too short. He told me “don’t waste time & energy on unimportant things”…the most valuable lesson imaginable if you really understand it. To know George is to know that he did this everyday. No one saw or spoke to George who didn’t feel liked by him, who didn’t smile just for having been around him. He never complained or wasted time on unimportant things. He loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved to laugh with them…now that’s prioritizing!! I pray for your family and I pray that we forever have the sound of his voice, his laughter, his singing in our hearts and floating around inside of our heads…

    …love for sale…bow chicka bow-mow…la la la la…do wap, do wap…

    Sami Merriman
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • George was a great friend and a wonderful person. We will all miss him and his warm and charm. He will always be in our thoughts and prays.

    Mike Brubaker
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Mari
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was always kidding around and we hand a great time getting to renew our old school days. We both worked in the K-Basins at Hanford for a number of years. I always so enjoyed being around him. I was so sad when I was told he was sick he kept him prayer. I don’t get the paper so when told Friday that he had passed I am still in shock. George will always have a place in my heart as he was such a great person and was so great to everyone. We will all miss him greatly.

    Randi K Tucker
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was such a wonderful freind, I only wish I would of had more time with him. I just met him 1.5yrs ago when I moved into town. I met him through Sami and boy did we all have some fun together. He will be so missed.

    Cathy and Bert Wright
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • The loss of one of the greatest men I’ve come to know is great. I am thankful to God for allowing me the opportunity to come to know George as a friend and experience first hand his kindness, humor and love for life and friends. He will be greatly missed.

    Mark Ashby
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I remember the time we all started out dancing in Richland at the Towne Crier and ended up over in Kennewick at the Cowboy Club. I got paired up with George and we danced our socks off!! We even witnessed one silly Fluor employee get up and dance on the stage. Anyway, George will be greatly missed by me and others here at Fluor Federal Services. It was an honor to be his manager here.

    Joanne Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • God Bless

    Vera Owens
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US