Father's Day 2010

 

George Christian Thorleifson, Sr.

George Thorleifson, 94, of Lake Stevens died peacefully in his sleep on May 24, 2012, due to complications and stress related to old age and recent major surgery. He was born on November 14, 1917, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to Charles Torkell and Anna Elisabeth Thorleifson, both U.S. citizens, while they were visiting Canada.

He is preceeded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years Edna, siblings John, Lillian Svafa Fulthorp, and Sadie Elisabeth Batman. He is survived by his brother Phill Thorleifson (Amy) of Marysville; sister Grace Aleph Wilson of Ellensburg; children Chris (Margaret) of Lake Stevens, Joanne of Marysville, and Tom (Paula) of Lake Stevens; grandchildren Betsy Thorleifson(Jey Born) of Brooklyn, NY; Britta (Sean) Buchstaber of Tigard, OR; Katie Thorleifson of Renton, WA; Heidi Thorleifson of Taos, NM; and Erik (Laura) Thorleifson of Spokane, WA; great-grandchildren Lucy, Crosby, Wyatt, Abby, Griffin, Ryan, George, and Lusa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George was raised in Ballard, graduating from Ballard High School in 1936. He attended Pacific Lutheran College, graduating in 1942. He enjoyed playing baseball and football throughout high school and college. He also earned a Masters Degree from the University of Washington. His teaching career in Stanwood was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. George served honorably for three years in the Pacific, eventually retiring from the U.S. Navy Reserve earning the rank of Captain.

George married Edna Wilson in 1946 and they began their family. Their first home together was in north Seattle, then they moved to the rural Alderwood Manor area. A few years later they settled in Edmonds where all three children graduated from Edmonds High School. After his retirement from teaching, George and Edna moved to Silvana where they enjoyed being grandparents to their five grandchildren. When the oldest was to start high school in Lake Stevens, George and Edna moved just a few blocks from Lake Stevens High School. They enjoyed this special relationship with their grandchildren.

George was an active member for over 22 years with the Lake Stevens Lions Club and with The American Legion. George received awards from both organizations for his many hours of volunteering. He was also active in Little League, Scouting, 4-H, and PTA. He was a great neighbor and a friend to many. He was always fair, loving, forgiving, supportive, and willing to help.

A public memorial service was held at noon on May 29 at Snohomish United Methodist Church, 6202 99th Ave. SE, Snohomish. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Snohomish United Methodist Church, the Lake Stevens Lions Club, The American Legion, or a favorite charity.

A private graveside service was conducted at 11:00 AM.