October 15, 1927 – March 30, 2016
George Whitten Relyea, of Birch Bay, WA, treasured father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, WA surrounded and lovingly supported by family and friends. He was born on October 15, 1927 to George Adelbert Relyea and Alice ‘Bobby’ Whitten Relyea in Emmett, ID and was raised in the New Plymouth, ID and Moses Lake, WA areas. He started his career in the family business of heavy road construction, mechanics and mining – you have probably traveled one of the many highways he helped to construct in Idaho, Wyoming and northern Utah. He enjoyed flying in small aircraft early trainers, mining, motorcycle riding and boating. He was strengthened throughout the years by his faith in Jehovah God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1964. He married his beautiful loving wife, Patricia Josephine Nichol on February 6, 1950, and cherished her until her death in 2007. He was also deeply sorrowed by the death by his beloved son, Mark David in 2013. George is survived by his son, George Russell (Deborah) Relyea; his daughters: Lea Kamp and Robin (Tony) Meisner; his daughter-in-law, Deborah Kay Relyea; along with his 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He loved all of them dearly. A memorial to remember his life will be held at 6 p.m. on May 7, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 17004 100th St NE, Granite Falls, WA 98252.