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William Ray George

August 27, 1940 — February 6, 2018

William Ray George, 77 passed away Feb. 6, 2018, at his home, after a year long battle with cancer. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health & Hospice. He was born Aug. 24, 1940 to Elmer David & Elsie Atchley George. He attended elementary & high school in Ashton, graduating from North Fremont High School in 1958. later, graduating from ISC T&T in Electronics in 1961. Summers were spent working for the railroad between Island Park and West Yellowstone, MT. He married Cherie Singleton in 1961, & moved to Helena, MT. where Bill was employed by the FAA, leaving in 1963 to further his education at Weber State College, where he completed his degree in Electronic Engineering. They were blessed with (2) children, Heather & Eric. ln 1965 he began his career at the NRTS, starting at PBF, where he met life long friends. They camped and rode motorcycles together for years with the IFTMA and Pocatello TMA. In 1972 they moved to Livermore, CA. where Bill worked for Vallecitos Nuclear Plant, returning (2) years later, & was again employed by the INEL. In the 80's Bill wrote & published a book, "Nuclear Power-A Basic Understanding", & was listed in "Who's Who ln The West". During his 35 year career, he worked at most all the reactors at the INEL, traveled to most of the nuclear plants in the country, & many nuclear facilities around the world. After retirement , he had so many interests, taught himself to play the harmonica, & took violin lessons. He loved anything electronic, especially his remote control airplanes with cameras. He got his FCC license to fly higher & further to photograph the Arizona desert. They spent 15 winters in Arizona, where they met & joined their many Snowbird friends from both the US & Canada. Bill gave up his motorcycle for his Samurai to rock hunt with friends & the Quartzite Gem & Mineral Club. Summers were spent restoring several classic cars including his 1958 T-Bird. One of his greatest joys was mentoring his grandson, Billy, through the restoration of his 1967 Dodge. He was so proud of both of his grandson, Billy & Robby Heaton. He is survived by his wife, Cherie, daughter Heather, both of Idaho Falls, brother Tom Howell of Ashton, sister Julia Jespersen of Kennewick, WA., grandsons William & Robert Heaton of Phoenix, AZ., & his pound-puppy Scruffy. Preceded in death by his son Eric, brother John, parents & step-father Dallas Howell, & his beloved dog Pedro. Memorial services will be held, Sat. May 12, at 1:00 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton, ID. Family will meet friends from 12:00 to 12:45 prior to service. Bill's family would like to thank the many medical professionals who cared for him over the past year & the wonderful Aspen Hospice staff. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church handicap access fund.
Arrangements made under the direction of Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at

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When: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Location: Funeral Home

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