George Jacob Johns

09/27/1914 — 08/04/2006

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Delta, Utah

George Jacob Johns

George Jacob Johns, 91, died peacefully on Aug. 4, 2006 in Kennewick. He was an expeditor during his employment at Hanford, but his security came from his abilities as a real estate investor.

George was born in Delta, UT on September 27, 1914. Always searching for his pathway to fortune, George was willing to try most anything that may be profitable. As a young man in Utah, he worked for pennies loading shale ore by hand and hauling it many miles for processing. Then as a young married father of two, the family lived in a chicken coop with a dirt floor and sold chickens and eggs to support his family. Certainly no stranger to hard work, George often worked several jobs at a time to get ahead.

In 1941, George came to Richland to work at Hanford. Seeing a future there, in 1943, he moved his family to be with him. A steady income allowed him to continue pursuing his plan for a better future. In the sixties, George began purchasing prefab houses and refurbishing them, turning them into rentals. His dream began paying off when in 1973 he was able to retire early from Hanford.

George was a most generous person, often lending money and support to complete strangers. He was a sincere and respectful man of anyone he crossed paths with. His word was his bond; one you could take to the bank. Even to the end, George always thought of the welfare of others before his own.

George was an avid reader, averaging 38 books a month. As a result, he had a wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, with his common sense at the forefront.

George is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Ruth Newsom Johns; Daryl and wife Clare of Vermont; Terry and wife Yvonne of Kennewick; daughters Janice Burian of Richland, Janell Johns and companion Rick of Snohomish, step daughter Jane Taylor of Kennewick, stepson Forest Newsom of Puyallup, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 34 years, Ardath; son in-law Ted Burian, and stepson Lonnie Newsom.

Although George was not a big man, his shoes will be difficult to fill.

Dad, we all miss you and love you, but we realize that you are now free of any pain or sorrow. We are thankful for our time with you, and thrilled that you are now with our Lord and Saviour. Dad accepted Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior on May 3rd, 2006. You can now go straight to the source for all those answers you desperately wanted. We know we will see you again someday. Thank you for being the man you were.

Viewing will be available Wednesday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5-8 PM at Einan's Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 11 at 11 am, also at Einan's. Reception to follow.

Memorial gifts in George’s name, can be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Avenue, Kennewick, W A 99336.

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  • Grandpa, Thank you for the man you have been and for being the Grandpa that provided so many years of love and memories. You will forever be in our hearts and always remembered. We will forever think of you each time we see a box of wheaties as it was definately the breakfast of our champion! My three children have always adored you. Kiara learned to tye shoes while practicing with your laces, Shawnee always looked forward to our visits as she got to put your socks on and take rides on your walker, and Trevor tried to feed you peanut butter with every meal. Paul will always remember you for your wisdom as he enjoyed your talks on the corporate world and your advice. For me, I will always chuckle when I hear the term Bille Goat!

    Although you were our Grandpa by marriage there was no difference in our hearts. You are the only Grandpa I had the pleasure of knowing and you filled the shoes to the fullest. Thank you for treating us all so beautifully and for being so wonderful to your Darling. We will see you one day and until then each soft serve ice cream we eat, we’ll have a bite for you. Enjoy all the hershey bars you want now Grandpa. We love you! Paul, Kandi, Kiara, Shawnee and Trevor

    Paul, Kandice, Kiara, Shawnee and Trevor Rickson
    November 4, 2014
    Paradise, CA, US
  • Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Johns at the invitation of his daughter, Janice Burian. We had a stimulating discussion of the Bible and I could see his insight and wit as we talked. I’m so glad that we met and I’m looking forward to seeing him again “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” because “… then we shall know even as we are known” 1st Corinthians 13 May God bless and comfort all those who knew and loved him.

    Alan Rither

    Alan Rither
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was one of the most kindest and gentle “Southern gentleman” I have ever known… although not from the South. What a wonderful soul and spirit. It is comforting that he is now with Our Lord Jesus and all that knew him can rejoice in having him as a friend. His legacy as a true friend to all of us speaks for itself. Can’t think of a more kind man and wonderful friend. We will truely miss him.

    Bill Gast and children
    November 4, 2014
    Ft, Walton, Beach, Florida, USA
  • George was one of the most kindest and gentle “Southern gentleman” I have ever known… although not from the South. What a wonderful soul and spirit. It is comforting that he is now with Our Lord Jesus and all that knew him can rejoice in having him as a friend. His legacy as a true friend to all of us speaks for itself. Can’t think of a more kind man and wonderful friend. We will truely miss him.

    Bill Gast and children
    November 4, 2014
    Ft., Walton, Beach, Florida, USA
  • I just recently found a nice poem that I would like to share, I’m sure my Dad would have liked it too.

    A poem with meaning:

    The clock of life is wound but once,

    And no man has the power

    To tell just when the hands will stop

    At late or early hour.

    Now is the only time you own.

    Live, love, toil with a will.

    Place no faith in time.

    For the clock may soon be still.

    Dad I know you loved us all and said so many times, I love you and miss you so much.

    As do we all.

    Your Son

    Terry

    Terry Johns
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Grandpa: Wow all the memories I have of you growing up and coming to your house every year for boat races and kfc and all the other things like our talks and how understanding you were. I miss you and will always love you, you’ll always be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such a wonderful man.

    Vanessa Johns Xaudaro
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George, You rented me an apartment across from the library in Pasco many years ago, you were a very kind and good landlord. I remember bring my rent money to your home on Canal Dr. I am very happy you found the Lord and now you are with Him. My condolences to your family and many Blessings.

    Pam
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To the children, their families and all who were blessed to experience the presence and love of George J. Terry during his lifetime, we extend our condolences and prayers. The documentation of his efforts and zeal to enjoy as well as enhance his existence is a strong legacy of his past for the future of many.

    Respectfully,

    Diana B. Xaudaro &

    Stefan D. Xaudaro Sr.

    The Xaudaro Family
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Grandpa, Thank you for the man you have been and for being the Grandpa that provided so many years of love and memories. You will forever be in our hearts and always remembered. We will forever think of you each time we see a box of wheaties as it was definately the breakfast of our champion! My three children have always adored you. Kiara learned to tye shoes while practicing with your laces, Shawnee always looked forward to our visits as she got to put your socks on and take rides on your walker, and Trevor tried to feed you peanut butter with every meal. Paul will always remember you for your wisdom as he enjoyed your talks on the corporate world and your advice. For me, I will always chuckle when I hear the term Bille Goat!

    Although you were our Grandpa by marriage there was no difference in our hearts. You are the only Grandpa I had the pleasure of knowing and you filled the shoes to the fullest. Thank you for treating us all so beautifully and for being so wonderful to your Darling. We will see you one day and until then each soft serve ice cream we eat, we’ll have a bite for you. Enjoy all the hershey bars you want now Grandpa. We love you! Paul, Kandi, Kiara, Shawnee and Trevor

    Paul, Kandice, Kiara, Shawnee and Trevor Rickson
    November 4, 2014
    Paradise, CA, US
  • Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Johns at the invitation of his daughter, Janice Burian. We had a stimulating discussion of the Bible and I could see his insight and wit as we talked. I’m so glad that we met and I’m looking forward to seeing him again “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” because “… then we shall know even as we are known” 1st Corinthians 13 May God bless and comfort all those who knew and loved him.

    Alan Rither

    Alan Rither
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • George was one of the most kindest and gentle “Southern gentleman” I have ever known… although not from the South. What a wonderful soul and spirit. It is comforting that he is now with Our Lord Jesus and all that knew him can rejoice in having him as a friend. His legacy as a true friend to all of us speaks for itself. Can’t think of a more kind man and wonderful friend. We will truely miss him.

    Bill Gast and children
    November 4, 2014
    Ft, Walton, Beach, Florida, USA
  • George was one of the most kindest and gentle “Southern gentleman” I have ever known… although not from the South. What a wonderful soul and spirit. It is comforting that he is now with Our Lord Jesus and all that knew him can rejoice in having him as a friend. His legacy as a true friend to all of us speaks for itself. Can’t think of a more kind man and wonderful friend. We will truely miss him.

    Bill Gast and children
    November 4, 2014
    Ft., Walton, Beach, Florida, USA
  • I just recently found a nice poem that I would like to share, I’m sure my Dad would have liked it too.

    A poem with meaning:

    The clock of life is wound but once,

    And no man has the power

    To tell just when the hands will stop

    At late or early hour.

    Now is the only time you own.

    Live, love, toil with a will.

    Place no faith in time.

    For the clock may soon be still.

    Dad I know you loved us all and said so many times, I love you and miss you so much.

    As do we all.

    Your Son

    Terry

    Terry Johns
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Grandpa: Wow all the memories I have of you growing up and coming to your house every year for boat races and kfc and all the other things like our talks and how understanding you were. I miss you and will always love you, you’ll always be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such a wonderful man.

    Vanessa Johns Xaudaro
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • George, You rented me an apartment across from the library in Pasco many years ago, you were a very kind and good landlord. I remember bring my rent money to your home on Canal Dr. I am very happy you found the Lord and now you are with Him. My condolences to your family and many Blessings.

    Pam
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • To the children, their families and all who were blessed to experience the presence and love of George J. Terry during his lifetime, we extend our condolences and prayers. The documentation of his efforts and zeal to enjoy as well as enhance his existence is a strong legacy of his past for the future of many.

    Respectfully,

    Diana B. Xaudaro &

    Stefan D. Xaudaro Sr.

    The Xaudaro Family
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Ruth, Jane, and Families,

    We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Our prayers are with all of you at this time of sorry. May the Lord bless all of you and help you get through such a difficult time.

    Love,

    Paul & Mary Rickson

    Mary & Paul Rickson
    November 4, 2014
    Paradise, CA, US
  • I have so many memories of you when I was little. Coming to your house for pool parties, for holidays and of course when I had the chicken pox. I remember my mom standing me in you bath tub and pouring calamine lotion on me to get the itching to stop. We watched The Wizard of Oz on TV..wow that was a long time ago. I remember we watched out on canal a kid get pulled over and arrested. The funny things we remember. When we moved to Kennewick, my dad would always bring us to see you, he really thought highly of you, and he always, along with all my uncles, asked how you were doing. I am glad that I got to see you the last time I was there to visit, and glad you got to meet Ashton and see Nate again. I am sorry that I didn’t make it down a second time, I really wanted to. I have so many good memories of you and will miss you. But you are free from everything that held you down, and that makes me happy. We will all see you again someday. Until then grandpa, I love you.

    Nicki
    November 4, 2014
    Auburn, WA, US