George William Sleater, 88, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Hillcrest Manor.
George was born March 1, 1917 in Pleasant Glade, east of Olympia, to Thomas and Lena (Abernethy) Sleater. Soon after, the family moved to Olympia, where he received his elementary education. In 1932 the family moved to Westport and he attended Ocosta High School for a year. He attended Edmonds High School the next three years and graduated in 1936. He attended Washington State College in 1939 and 1940. George enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served three and a half years with the 10th Armored Division at Ft. Benning, Ga. and in the European Theater of Operations. He was discharged at Fort Lewis in 1946 as a Staff Sergeant.
On Nov. 20, 1948 he married Dorothy Day in Seattle. They lived in Yakima, where he worked for the Shell Oil Company. In 1950 they moved to Seattle, where he worked for five years at the Boeing Company. Another occupation took the family to Arcata, Calif. for eight years, and they returned to Seattle in 1963. In 1967 George was employed by Seattle City Light in the Landscape and Structures Maintenance unit. He progressed to become the supervisor of that group for several years. He retired in September of 1979. He and Dorothy moved to Sunnyside that same month.
George enjoyed and gave many hours of volunteer work to the Sunnyside Sunshine Days committee and was associated with the Sunnyside-Grandview Pathway group in the early days of development. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Alcohol Council in Sunnyside.
George was loved and respected by his fellow workers, family and friends.
George is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Sunnyside; a daughter and son-in-law, Dayna and Dr. Wm. D. Bloomquist of Port Orchard; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Charlene Sleater of Sunnyside; one brother, Thomas Carl; a sister, Mrs. Alletia La Fors, both of Olympia; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Sunshine Day Float Committee. Memorials may be left at the time of the service at Smith Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.