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George Sanchey



George P. Sanchey (k'usi), 80, of Klickitat, WA was born March 6, 1933 in Wapato, WA, passed away January 22, 2014 in The Dalles, OR. He was Shawnee, Potowatomie, and an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation.

George was an avid sportsman, playing on a farm team with his dad as coach. His favorite pastime was working horses, including his own horse, Moony. He played basketball and baseball in high school, graduating in 1951 from White Swan High School. After graduation, George married the love of his life Charlotte Gilroy in 1956. Soon after he joined the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War. After an honorable discharge George began his working career, starting off as a Sanitation Engineer then moving on to become a Dental Technician. Eventually, George and Charlotte moved to Klickitat, WA where they raised their family and George started working for the St. Regis Lumber Mill. He started off in the box factory and working hard moved his way through to become a Head Lumber Grader. He volunteered for the White Swan Fire Department and co-founded the Klickitat Fire Department. George was also a member of the White Swan Rodeo Association and the White Swan Legion Post 191.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte; his children, George (Jeri Lynn) Sanchey, Donada (James) Berry, Susie (Mike) Watkins, Dawn Sanchey, and Gil (Carolyne) Sanchey; his siblings, Earl Sanchey, Mary (Gary) Varner, John Sanchey, Sandi (Carroll) Palmer, Roger (Peggy) Sanchey, Denise (Mike) Lettig, Carroll Sanchey, Angelic (Jerry) Hert, and Willie Joe (Selena) Sanchey; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his daughter, Karle, son, GL Bone, grandson, Jason, mother, Florence Ownups, father, George Sanchey, stepmother, Matilda Sanchey, brother, Cecil Sanchey, sister, Katherine Wolfsberger, great-granddaughter Amya, and his great-grandson Huck.

Services were held January 25, 2014 at Merritt Funeral Home in Wapato. Interment followed at the Union Gap Cemetery.


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