George Allen Barber

In loving memory of George A. Barber, who went to be with the Lord Saturday, June 2, 2012. He was born in Sterling, CO on September 16, 1937. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 21 years Valerie (Richter) Barber, his adoring children, Jana Pallis and husband Rubin Maidan, Jill and husband Wes Maxwell, Jeff  and Natalie Barber, Greg and Catherine Nations, as well as 7 amazing grandchildren, Tyler, Samantha, Madison, Haley, Luke, Redford and Avery. He was a beloved brother to Delores Knorr and Linda French and a loving uncle to their children. He was known for his humor, quick wit and had a gift for making people laugh and feel loved. He said that he found his calling four years ago when he began working at Aegis Senior Living in Kirkland, WA. His heart was all about serving others. He was deeply loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 1:00pm at: Eastlake Community Church, 3301 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021 In lieu of flowers, please remember George by sharing a favorite memory of him on June 9th, or through a random act of kindness and/or a gift sent to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission at Please feel free to sign the online guest register at

39 Responses to “George Allen Barber”

  • Wendy Steiger says:

    Oh Val..I am so sorry to hear this news. George was such a wonderful, positive man and I know he will be missed by everyone. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Sandra Cook says:

    I was lucky to have worked wiyth George for almost 4 years. He was the definition of a kind spirit. Always had a smile, a comment and the time to show true interest for all of us around him. George was someone who made everyone feel special. Considered a friend by all of us who had the opportunity to meet him. He was a man of high ethics and integrity, treated everyone with respect and had quite an entourage following him at Aegis. He was passionate about serving seniors and they all considered him also a friend. George will be missed by all the generations at Aegis, from the young staff members to our seniors. Rest in peace our dear friend.

  • Jim Redmon says:

    George was the most Godly man I have ever met, so selfless. Laura and I will miss him greatly. Our prayers go out to the family and the community.

  • Katie Headlee says:

    George was such a nice man and he was truly loved by those at Aegis. My parents are residents and we traveled with George in the bus as he took us to the casino- he did not gamble of course, but never judged those of us who did, including my 90 year old mother and 93 year old father.
    We absolultely will miss his smile. This fine fellow was pressed down , as my friend would say, and dapper any time of the day. Quite the gentleman and quite a gentle man.

  • Greg Hunter says:

    Val, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of George. He was such a good man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace.

  • Greg Hunter says:

    Val,we’re so sorry to hear about the loss of George. He was such a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace.

  • Pam Jussel says:

    Oh, Val! I am so sorry for your loss! His sweet sense of humor and his kind and tender ways will always be a sweet memory to me. We had most recently taken to running into each other at Taco Time! Peace to you, my sweet Sister. Let us know if we can be of any service to you during this time of loss for you.

  • Thea Dolman says:

    Jill and family, while I did not know your father well, I do know Jill and the person she is surely reflects the father and man he was. Good, giving, caring, kind and honest. I am so very sorry for your loss – rejoice in your memories, he is forever in your hearts.

  • Joy Gibbons says:

    Val, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Glen and Linda Huntwe says:

    Dear Val,
    Jill, Jana, Jeff, and family, We are so sorry for your loss.
    George was such a wonderful man, kind and gentle. He is in heaven, in no pain, great joy, and walking with his God!!!

  • Ken Plunkett says:

    Dear Jeff,

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family from myself and all of us at Hu-Friedy Mfg Co.

    Ken Plunkett

  • Sue Nienaber says:

    Mike and I love you and George so much and have so many wonderful memories. Such a wonderful man of God, your precious husband adored you and a better friend no one could have. We will miss his big smile, great hugs and positive attitude. His love for God and his family set him apart.
    We are blessed to call you both friends!
    Sue and Mike Nienaber

  • Pam and Larry Ristow says:

    We are so sad to hear about George. He was such a light in so many ways. He always greeted us with a smile and hug which will be deeply missed. Take care my friend.

  • Gail Murchison says:

    Hi Val,
    I am so sad about George’s passing. I knew him such a short time. Yet the support you and he gave me impacted me greatly. When I think of Eastlake CC I think of George because I seen his smiling face at coffee each Sunday morning.
    May God Bless and keep you and your family always but especially during your time of lose.
    Gail Murchison

  • Lisa Schramm says:

    Val, I am so sorry for your loss and yet so excited for your husband to be in heaven. I pray for God’s comfort to surround you here on earth. May the thought of George singing and dancing in heaven with Jesus bring you great comfort.

  • Diane Lee says:

    Val, I am so sorry for your sadness, but looking forward to seeing George again, and being greeted with that big, warm smile and hug! Much love…

  • Gene & Pat Keller says:

    Dear Val, Though we may have lost touch, we remember you and George dearly from our Bible Study in Spokane a few years back. Sorry to read in the Spokesman-Review of your loss.

  • Gene & Pat Keller says:

    Dear Val, Though we have lost touch, we remember you and George dearly from our Bible Study in Spokane a few years back. Sorry to read of your loss of George.
    Fondly, Gene & Pat Keller

  • George Kersul says:

    Dear Val,
    I am praying for you at this most difficult time. George is home with the Lord and is fee of pain and difficulties. The following verses have been very comforting to me after Karen went to heaven and hope they will comfort you also. Is 41:10, I Pet 1:3-4, and 2 Cor 4:16-17. Val, may the Lord be your comfort and guide. Love you, George

  • Jeremy Heimbigner says:

    Dear Val,
    I worked for George at Rollins Leasing Corp. in Spokane for 1 year as his rental agent. George was such a great person to learn under….professional, fair, honest, and fun. He sponsored my Hoopfest team for several years, even after I stopped working at Rollins, what a wonderful act of kindness! My family and I will be thinking of George in our prayers this evening. Thanks for sharing him with me!

  • The Determan Family says:

    We are so grateful to have George in our lives……. We will never forget him or his kindness and we will miss him for the rest of our lives. Thank you George for all you gave to our family and especially to Betty and Ray

  • Jim & Debbie Gilchrist says:

    Val, we were saddened to read of George’s passing in the Spokesman Review today. We so enjoyed attending the same Bible study group with you and remember George’s eagerness to dig into the Scriptures and learn. You will certainly be in our prayers in the days and weeks to come. Is there anyone in Spokane you would like us to call?

  • maureen jackson says:

    George touched the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. I had the pleasure of working at Aegis with him, he brought warms smiles, happiness, and laughter to all. He’ll be greatly missed.
    My heart goes out to all his family, God bless you all!

  • Malinda Shaffer says:

    I first met George at Evergreen Hospital several years ago. I was a volunteer who helped “wheel” patients around. George would chauffeur a woman to the hospital for her weekly cancer treatment. Then I was blessed to meet him again this year as he chauffeured patients to the doctor’s clinic where I worked. He was always smiling and always respectful to All. I am truly saddened by his passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  • Mike & Shirley Cullin says:


    We are praying for you and your extended family at this difficult time. We met you both while “greeting” at Eastlake back-in-the-day and got to know you both at various Empty Nesters’ small group meetings. What fun we had studying, learning, and sharing with each other. And let’s not forget George’s skill at grilling hamburgers at your condo! What a special guy. We’ll miss him dearly.

  • Stefanie Finkelstein says:

    Though I only knew George for a short time, he made such an amazing impression. His grace, his quiet confidence, his warm smile, his compassion, his patience, his grounding effect on everyone at Aegis Lodge was a beautiful gift. We were all blessed to know him. Sending heartfelt condolences.

  • Lee Ann Barber Cook says:

    George was an amazing father to our children and a very special individual. Twenty years ago he had the good fortune to meet Valerie whom I feel was his soul mate. I feel so honored to have been a part of both their lives and my love is with them both. Thank you Val for loving George and being such a good friend to me.

  • Minet Poulsen says:

    Val, I am so sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your Family, Love and Prayers, Minet

  • Janet Darrah Bicandi says:

    Val, I am so sorry to hear about George. I still remember the day he walked into my office at L&M Truck Sales and told me he was the new manager for Rollins and wanted to team up to supply both his customers and mine with rental trucks. He had the same work ethics and mine and wanted to take good care of his customers. I always felt comfortable sending my customers to him because he cared about them. George was a true gentleman. They are a rare breed. I am so glad the he found you. You made a perfect pair. My prayers are with you.

  • Ron & Karen Hudnall says:

    Jeff, knowing how much you loved your Dad, I know you are struggling with your emotions. I met your Dad only a few times, including the white water rafting trip 20 years ago, and instantly I liked him. Wish I had known him better. Karen and I share in your sadness, and the sadness of Valerie, Jana, Jill and your entire family. We send our love and sympathy to everyone, with our love.

    Ron and Karen

  • Steve & Nena Graupner says:

    Hi Val ; we were so sad for your loss. George was and is a great guy and heaven is a more fun place with his loving manner. Nena called Luke at the dollar store and he sends his love too. May the Lord bless you and comfort you in His love. We love you, Steve and Nena

  • Steve & Nena Graupner says:

    Dear Val ; Nena and I were so sorry to see that George has died. George was and is a great guy and we know he will be sorely missed by the whole family. We always enjoyed Georges humor and loving manner. Heaven is enriched and we know George is in the Lords loving arms now. Nena called Luke at the dollar store and he sends his love too. We now look forward to the day we will meet again where there will be no tears or sadness anymore. Please call anytime Val. Much love to you and the family. Love Steve and Nena

  • Selene Winebarger says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear of George’s passing. George hired me to work for him 15 years ago for Rollins Leasing in Spokane. I was so thankful he saw something in me to give me the job. I am still in that position, though it’s Penske Truck Leasing now. I think of him often. George was such a gentle man, always there to listen and never judge. I will miss his great smile.
    Val, I’m so sorry to hear about George. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Selene Winebarger

  • Hakim & Rashida Ronaque says:

    Val, we are very sorry to hear about George. We were fortunate to have you as neighbors and to know George. His mastery with the grill was unique and we will never forget the summer bbq he hosted for us. He always wore a smile on his face and was one of the kindest person i knew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Hakim & Rashida Ronaque

  • Dan West says:

    Dear Val and Family, Thank you and George for being such wonderful, graceous people to so many. I love George, he always greeted me like a long lost friend with such a warm and caring spirit. I know he will be greatly missed by all the lives he’s touched. I am so very sorry for your loss and pray that you are surrounded by the love of your friends, family and church.
    Love, Dan West

  • Jeannie Dowd says:

    Val, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be at George’s celebration. He deserves to be celebrated! What a gracious, friendly guy, a good listener with a great smile. He always had time for anyone, as I often observed at Eastlake CC when he was working the tea table or greeting people at the doors. Jesus was displayed in his gentle, loving spirit. I remember so well when you both took us out for lunch when we were new to ECC and how you both listened so well to our stories. I have been praying for you and will continue as I know that even in the midst of knowing He is with Jesus in absolute joy, there is indescribable heartbreak, too. He loved you so much! I love you, too.

  • Jeannie Dowd says:

    Val, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend George’s celebration. He was a man who deserved a huge celebration. His kind, friendly, gentle spirit made everyone around him feel cared for and showed that he was God’s man. I remember when you and George took Tom and me out for lunch when we were Eastlake CC newbies. So kind and such good listeners. I have been praying for you and will continue as I know that even though George enjoying Jesus’ presence is a happy thought, there is heartbreak here on earth. Jesus is the Comforter, He holds you in His arms, under His wings and will give you strength. Love you, Val.

  • Ken Ramey says:

    I grieve with you at the loss of your father, Jill. I know how much you loved, respected and adored him!!!! Tyler & Sam, I know you will greatly miss your grandpa! Wes, I’m sorry for your loss!!! Be encouraged – heaven gets closer every day!!! I miss you all more than you know. Ken

  • John Ellis says:

    I still think of George often. I have never met such a wonderful, caring person.

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