George passed away peacefully at home on
February 2nd with family and loving caregivers by his
side during his last days.
George was born in Oregon City, attended
school in a one-room school house in Azalea and immediately
after graduation enlisted in the army, serving in Europe with
the occupational service following World War II. After
completing his term of duty he enlisted in the Army Reserves and
his reserve unit was called up to serve in the Korean War.
George met the love of his life, Norma Jean Poteet, at a dance
in Gladstone between his tours of duty. They married on Oct. 27,
1950 in Newberg and settled in Dundee. Norma preceded George in
death in 2009.
George’s early years were spent on the
staff of the Portland Oregonian and the Newberg Graphic. In 1968
he relocated the family to Mill City when he and Norma purchased
the Mill City Enterprise. George served as the publisher and
editor of Mill City’s weekly newspaper for nearly 30 years.
If you live in the North Santiam Canyon,
particularly Mill City, your quality of life has been improved
by George’s service as George believed that giving back to the
community was every person’s responsibility. He was a member
of many community organizations, often serving in a leadership
position. These included serving on the North Santiam Hospital
Board of Directors for 44 years; co-founding the local chapter
of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and acting as it’s Oregon
State President in 1999-2000; serving on the School District
129J Board of Directors, the City of Mill City Planning
Commission and Budget Committee, and active with the North
Santiam Chamber of Commerce, among many other organizations.
In retirement, George continued his
community service but greatly enjoyed spending time with his
children and grandchildren (especially enjoying watching them
compete in sporting events) and passing on his handyman and
gardening skills. George is survived by his children Linda
(James) Boessenecker of Oakland, CA, Kevin (Sheri) Long of
Lindon, UT and Gerald (Jill) Long of Salem; brother Michael
(Jan) Long of Mill City; 15 grandchildren and 7
great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death were his son
Mike, 2 brothers, 1 sister and 1 grandson.
Services will be held on Friday, February
22nd with a private graveside service, followed by a
public memorial service at 1:00 pm at the Mill City Eagles
Lodge, 640 Broadway St., Mill City. Gifts can be made in
George’s honor to the Santiam Memorial Hospital or a charity
of your choice. North Santiam Funeral
Service, Stayton, is
serving the family.