Kenneth “Kenny” William George passed away at Fairchild Medical Center on February 17, 2013. He was a Siskiyou County resident his entire life.
Kenny was born to William and Edna George on May 10, 1932 in Yreka. He graduated from Fort Jones High School in 1950. Being a Siskiyou County native, he was raised as a ranch hand and worked on various ranches starting at a young age. It was there that he developed his love for horses which carried him through his life as a packer for the US Forest Service and, after retirement, when he raised purebred quarter horses.
Kenny married Virginia Sloan and helped raise her daughter, Donna. After some time, the couple divorced but remained good friends. Donna continued to be a part of his life. Later, he met and married Ann Archer, whom passed away in 2010.
Kenny is survived by his step daughter, Donna Sloan of Fort Jones; his Aunt, Tessie Stone of Fort Jones; his cousin, Pete & LaVerne King of Fort Jones along with numerous other cousins; and his close friends whom he considered family, Glenn, Carolyn, Julie, and Renae Hall, Chaley Thom, and Matt Feathers.
Most people will remember Kenny as the rough, ornery, cantankerous old cowboy that he was. But there are a few of his favorites that will remember him by their silly nickname that he so graciously gave them. Nicknaming most of the people in his life, good or bad, two of his favorite girls, Julie known as Doll and Renae known as Queen Bee will forever miss his fun loving spirit. Kenny had a love for horses and even owned Ken’s Saddle Repair Shop in Fort Jones. That love was enjoyed as his career for 20 years; even his days off were spent going into the Marble Mountains with his dad and friends. It was on those trips that he loved “passing the whiskey” on the trail. It was, however, the trail that shaped him into the rough, ornery, cantankerous old cowboy we all came to love.
The recitation of The Rosary will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Jones at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 with The Mass of Christian Burial to follow. Burial will follow where Kenny will be laid to rest in the Fort Jones Catholic Cemetery among various family members.