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EUGENE SYLVESTER GEORGE(1924 - 2013)

Eugene Sylvester George age 89, of Mount Vernon, Washington left this life to be with his Heavenly Father, his wife, his son, brothers and his mother and father on April 29, 2013 due to complications of prostate cancer.

Eugene was born in Portland, Oregon on March 2, 1924 the last of six sons born to John and Kathryn George. His five brothers preceed him. The family moved to a farm in Merced, California soon after his brith and were there until 1932, when the family moved to Southern California and had homes in Monrovia and Arcadia while the boys grew up.

Eugene met the love of his life, also named Kathryn who lived in nearby El Monte, California. They were married on November 24, 1944. She preceded him on November 19, 2012.

Eugene was also one of the "Greatest Generation" enlisting in the U.S. Navy in December 1942, serving on the escort aircraft carrier USS Sargent Bay as a machinists mate. He later became a master machinist, tool and die specialist and mold maker. Eugene made molds for his own parts for his machine shop, "George Mold and Tool" and machined mold inserts for plastic injection molding machines.

He taught himself trigonometry from his pocket trig book early on in order to make his calculations easier. Eugene worked for a time for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co. prior to them merging with Boeing. He retired at age 67.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in every area that he lived, his entire life. Having been from a devout Christian family, he himself also lived his life a very devout Christian, since the age of 8 years. He never wavered from his Christian beliefs. ugene was also a life member of the Gideons. After living for 10 years in Yreka, California, he and Kathryn moved to Mount Vernon in 2001, to be closer to family members.

Eugene is survived by his son Lary and wife Carol of Anacortes, WA; daughter Christine and husband David of Nashville, TN, and son Gary of Wheaton, IL; also by 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and more than 30 nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the team at Skagit Hospice for their excellent care of Eugene during his illness, and also to the entire staff at Mountain Glen Retirement Center for their watchful and concerned care also. No one could ask for better professionals from either agency to care for their loved ones, making them comfortable during their last days. Thank you again so very much.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00AM at the Mount Vernon Church of the Nazarene, 2710 E. Fir St., Mount Vernon, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Nazarene Youth Missions.

Cremation handled by Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 8, 2013
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