“Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

George A. Knoth, known as “Big George,” 82, left this earth Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, to be with his wife and family.

George was born May 17, 1924, in Belfair, Wash. to Jules and Rose Knoth. He had one brother and two sisters, whom he loved. He left school at an early age to help support his family. He worked hard all of his life. George fought in the Army Air Corp during WWII. When he came home from the war, he met the girl of his dreams, Louise W. Stratton. They were married Jan. 31, 1946, and remained in love until her untimely death in February 2002.

He was a jack of all trades. During his lifetime he was a logger, truck driver and bartender. In his later years, he worked at Tee Pee Auto Wrecking, and there wasn’t a car or auto part that he couldn’t find in the yard. George could fix any car and loved to buy cars to tinker on during his off time. He also loved to hunt and fish and many a family memory revolves around the adventures of “Elk Camp”, where all the luxuries were provided with tall tales around the campfire and semi-honest card games.

George Knoth is survived by is three sons, Bart (Tina) Knoth, with their daughters, Jessica (Bobby) Sarmiento and Carly Knoth, all of Sunnyside; Brad (Cathy) Knoth, with their children, Brady (Suanne) Knoth, Amy Viklund, Brandon (Alicia) Knoth and Bryce Knoth of Seattle, and Clay (Lisa) Knoth, with their children, Angela (Luke) Godfrey, Josh (Sheila) Knoth, April (Tony) Biaggio, David Knoth, Joseph Knoth and Jacob Knoth of Seattle; and Terry (Lynn) Moss and Howard Moss, whom he loved as sons. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Andre, Boo, Brody, Blake, Brooklyn, Katie, Maddie, Anthony, Sawyer, Gianna and Isabel.

George was preceded in death by his loving wife, Louise; a son, Calvin Knoth; a brother, John Knoth; and a sister, Mabel Jacques.

As per the wishes of the deceased, there will be no formal services. However, there will be a Celebration of Life in January, 2007. An announcement will be forthcoming.


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