George P. Biehl went to be with his Lord on October 14, 2012.
He was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Oak Park, Ill. He was the third child of six and the last surviving member of that family.
As a child growing up in the Depression, George worked long hours for low pay. He set pins in a bowling alley, worked in an office, and ran a trap line in what is now suburban Chicago.
In his early 20s he worked for Western Electric – the equipment provider for Bell Telephone.
George enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw combat on Guadalcanal and New Georgia.
Later in the war he was stationed in San Diego where he met and married Joy Nelson in 1944. Their marriage lasted more than 60 years.
George’s working career was with the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1978 and moved from Chicago to Stanwood in 1992.
After Joy’s death George continued to attend Camano Chapel where his life was again blessed.
In September of 2008, at the age of 89, he married Evelyn Pearson. The love and companionship they shared in their Camano Island home for the four years they had together was obvious to all.
George was known for his generosity and the love he had for others. He spent much of his time traveling to visit his children, relatives, and friends. If there was a job that needed doing, he was always willing to pick up a hammer or shovel to help.
He was a tireless correspondent but never learned to use email or a cell phone. His friends all smiled as he bemoaned the fact that others “seemed to not write letters much anymore!”
George is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughter Christyne of Germantown, Tenn.; sons George of Stanwood and John of Rawlins, Wyo.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., November 2, at Camano Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Camano Chapel Building Fund.