Hank George passed away on Oct. 30, 2013, after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. He was 81.
Hank was born in Darrington, Wash. on June 24, 1932. Hank was the son of Steve and Viney George, and lived and was raised in the Kartar Valley on the Colville Indian Reservation.
Hank attended St. Mary's Mission and Chemawa Indian School. While he attended Chemawa Indian School, he met Edwina 'Midge' Sheoships, who later became his wife. Their courtship was interrupted during the Korean War, where Hank served in the U.S. Army. During his service and in 1953, he returned to the states and in a civil ceremony in Toppenish, Wash., married his girlfriend, Midge Sheoships. After his service in the U.S. Army and a few years later, they were formally married in a Catholic Church wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Mission and raised a large and loving family that he truly adored.
Hank was a member of the Entiat Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Throughout his career, Hank was an active member for the Colville Confederated Tribes and very passionate (and vocal) about protecting the sovereign rights of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Hank served on the Colville Business Council from 1970 to 1974. Hank was very passionate and cared about the Tribes' culture, language and traditions. Probably one of his most rewarding experience was being involved in the restoration and recording of the Okanagan language at Paschal Sherman School's “hen house,” as he fondly called it!
Hank had a cameo appearance as a chauffeur in “Run Appaloosa Run,” the movie filmed in Omak about the early formative years of the Suicide Race.
Hank also had a passion for the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, rodeo, work with horses, bingo, and later in life, he loved to golf. He loved to work outside and worked in road construction as a driller, a lumberjack, and he held a variety of ranching jobs throughout his career. Hank's stories of his adventures were truly amazing, rich and full of laughter, and it was an experience he treasured. He was a friend to all who knew him!
Hank was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Herman, Joe Hoss, and Harvey; and sister, Helen Brown.
Hank is survived by his wife, Edwina George; sons, Gary (Kelly) of Pendleton, Henry 'Bobby' and Steve of Omak; daughters, Elaine (Kenny) Clark, Jeanne Miller, Brenda (Albert) Clark, Kim (Raymond) Gunn, Deanna (Tim) Sargent, and Wanda of Omak; brothers, Harold 'Louie' George; sisters, Hattie and Harriet George; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jamie, Adrienne, Bryan, Sarah, Ashley, Joseph, Mari, Bradley, Henry, Rex, Brianne, Hank, Christopher, Stephanie, Tiffine, Jordan, Jade, Timmy, Faith, Quincy, Dillon, and Megan; great-grandchildren, Layla, Zyrel, Kelton, Edwina, Rayen, Naloni, Kayla, Lawrence, Dominic, Chelsea, Saffire, Saylor, Jesse, James, Edward, Ivan, Baby Joe; Aiyanna, Madison and Little Brian.
We will dearly miss his gut busting, infectious laugh, his hard but friendly punches, his vociferous vocal support for our sons, daughters, and grandkids entire athletic prowess, and his love of family!