George Williams

George Williams

George Eugene Jensen Williams passed into eternal rest on February 5, 2013 at his home while feeding his horses. He was born on December 8, 1924 to George Albert Williams and Jettie Christine Jensen Williams at Oroville, Wash.

He was married March 24, 1951 to Margaret Williams in Wenatchee Wash. The couple raised six children: Mariann (Neal Newman) Williams, Peggy (Pat) Liley, Philip (Cindy) Williams, Cindy (Steve) Lamb, Dalene (Mike) Godwin, and Chris (Silvia) Williams. George is also survived by grandchildren: Christine (Banny) Bancroft, Jay Patterson, Nakiah (Dave) Reiter, Craig (Suzane) Liley, Fiona (Colin) Pittman, PeterWilliams, Angela (Erin) Burke, David (Amy) Lamb, Joshua (LiJen) Lamb, Talia, Panida, and Ying Lamb, Molly, Michaela, Sam, and Elias Godwin, Racqel (Shawn) Plank, Derek (Amy) Williams, and Lisa (Oliver) Underwood and 21 great grandchildren.

George spent all of his life ranching in the Oroville-Tonasket area raising dairy and beef cattle, apples and children. He especially loved palomino horses, trips to the Pasayten wilderness, gardening and raising flowers. He was active in diversified stewardship serving as a director of the Whitestone Reclamation District and was an area board advisor for the soil conservation service. He was named soil conservation district Farmer of the Year in 1964. He was a Peace Corps volunteer improving the quality of dairy forage feed in Jamaica, and participated in a church building project in the Solomon Islands. He was an active member of the Whitestone Church throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marian Kilmer Schedler and infant daughter Rachael Cristie.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 9. 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Whitestone Church of the Brethren.

Funeral Service, Oroville/Tonasket, in care of arrangements.

Whitestone Church of the Brethren. Memorials may be made to the Whitestone Church of the Brethren.Bergh Funeral Service, Oroville/Tonasket, in care of arrangements.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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