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Edmund Wayne George Sr.


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Edmund Wayne George Sr. Obituary
Edmund Wayne George, Sr., 79, born August 25, 1936 in Fort Hall, Idaho passed on February 28, 2015 at home.
Wayne was born to Willie George and Lillie Nagitsaw. He grew up in Fort Hall and attended schools in Blackfoot and the Stewart Boarding School, Carson City, Nevada.
Wayne joined the U.S. Army serving six years and was later honorably discharged.
Wayne attended trade school in Oakland, Calif.  He played basketball for a men's league in San Jose, Calif. in 1964-65.  In 1972, Wayne returned to Fort Hall and worked as a painter for several years.  Many notable landmarks bear his work such as the Fort Hall water tower, the dam, the site, Fort Hall's Timbee Hall and Sho-Ban High School.
His hobbies include darts, pool, horseshoes, fishing, hunting and basketball, participating in Fort Hall leagues and the Senior Olympics.  He also served on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Land Use Policy Commission as secretary and treasurer from 2001-2010.
He sponsored the All Nations basketball team in the Fort Hall Classic for many years.
In 1963, he married Patricia Callahan.  They had a daughter, Sheila George Taggert.  They later divorced.  In 1975, he wed Ronda LeBeau. His son Edmund Wayne George, Jr., (Dink) was born in 1976. Karessa Lee George (Darwin) was added to the family in 1977.  Wayne raised Wade LeBeau and Darrold Broncho Jr. as his own. Wayne reunited with his daughters, Julie Deherrera, Salt Lake City, and Margaret Beth Surdam, Blackfoot.
Wayne is survived by daughters Julie, Sheila, Margaret and Karessa; sisters Louise Jim (Delbert Jim) and Eloise George Lopez; traditionally adopted brother, Jack Contor; grandchildren, Renee (Lawrence), Robert (Samantha), Joshua, Alexandra, Eleanor, Maria, Warren, Earl Baptiste; great-grandchildren: Caden, Kaylee, Jaydin, Janene, Taetyn, Taylei, Sophia.  He is also survived by numerous relatives in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma and Washington. His family pet Slim will sadly miss his companion, and Kushy was with him at the time of his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Billie George and Wetunsie, George Nagitsaw and Lucy Nagashoah Nagitsaw; son Dink; brothers, baby Sequints, Leslie Bruce Sequints, Sr., Paul Little, Victor Little, Raymond George, Wilford George. Sisters Dorothy George Baker, Ernestine George, Florence George, Darlene Little and Rose Callahan.
Family will receive friends and relatives at the Edmund Wayne George Sr. residence on Bannock Road, Fort Hall, Monday, March 2 until time of burial services Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Gibson Cemetery. A memorial service is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at the Sho-Ban High School (or Timbee Hall), Fort Hall.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 4, 2015
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