July 21, 1928 - November 21, 2012 George LeRoy Veltman was born July 21, 1928 to Lorene & Esther Veltman in Chardon, Ohio. Serving in the Navy near the end of WWII, he married Mary F. Corbett and moved to the Seattle area where they started a family. He worked many jobs including Boeing, BNSF, Bethleham Steel, and Seattle City Light. Each job drawing him into safety awareness. He finally took a job with the State of Washington as a Safety Inspector in Okanogan, then transferred to Spokane where he eventually retired from the state. George enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, wood working, and watching the Mariners. He will be remembered as a strong willed man with a sense of humor. He will be missed by his friends in Spokane and the VFW Post #1474 where he served as Commander from 2006-2008. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary. After 65 years they are now together forever. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl (Scott) Olsen, daughter Karen (Dan) Hintz, and son George (Melanie) Veltman Jr, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held December 11,2012 at 11 am Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2012