Steven (Steve) Ralph George, age 58, passed away on February 11, 2019. Steve was born on April 25, 1960 in Lewiston, ID to Ralph George and Marlene Rhino (George).
Steve was preceded in death by his mother Marlene Rhino in 1997 and step-father James Rhino in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Susan Carmichael-George; father, Ralph George; step-mother, Karen George; sister, Linda (Bob) Chadwick; brother, Luke Shockley; children: Melonie Wolf, Steven (Hallie) George, Jr., Katie George, John Brazil-George, and Emily George; grandchildren: Emma, Wyatt, Brody, Noah, Cyrus, Keegan, Riley, and Mattea; sister-in-law, Janet Krieger; step-siblings: Jeff Remily, Jill Eicher, and Jennifer Hoff; nephews: D.J. Chadwick, Christopher (Janet) Chadwick, Matthew (Maria) Krieger, and six great-nephews and -nieces.
His parents, Ralph and Marlene, moved Steve and his sister to Yakima, WA in 1961. He attended Mountainview Elementary and graduated from West Valley High School in 1978.
Steve began working for his father’s business, B&F Interiors, at age 18. In 2000, he and Carla Goldsmith purchased the business from his father and maintained co-ownership with Carla for several years thereafter. Steve looked forward to his morning cup of coffee with Gary Bauer as they met with the installers at the start of each day. He had a great friendship with not only his long list of loyal clients, but B&F’s installers - Andy, Andy, Jr., Chuck, Randy, Daryl, Tim, and John.
On July 9, 1988 he married Susan Leigh Carmichael of Yakima, WA. Together they blended a family of five children. He took great pride in building a close-knit family, making sure “step-children” was a term never used in the home. He blessed his family and friends with his corny and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor. He devoted his time to coaching various sports for his children, attended numerous extra-curricular activities, and planned many family vacations throughout the years. Steve had a knack for remodeling and would inevitably use his own home to experiment with new flooring and countertop materials. His wife never had to worry about her home decor going out of style.
Steve enjoyed water skiing, golfing, bowling, camping with his family, and blaring Conway Twitty’s “The Rose” and Gary Puckett’s “Young Girl” every Saturday morning.
In 2005, he was involved in an automobile accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. Since the accident, he overcame many health obstacles and managed to survive three years beyond what many doctors ever thought possible. He was one hell of a fighter! Through the years, his family took great care of him. His sister, Linda, was a great asset to his care, along with his wife, but it was his daughter, Emily, who was his primary caregiver. She devoted the last 13 years to caring for him and for that we, his family, are all deeply indebted to her.
Steve and his wife Susan had a bond that most will never have the privilege of seeing. He was the love of her life, and she his. He will be so missed