George B. Steiger

George B. Steiger was born August 13th, 1938, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Marice Steiger and Marie (Weber) Steiger.  He passed away on December 7th, 2018, in Burien, Washington, at age 78. 

He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Lawson, on December 28th, 1957.  He is survived by his wife, Janet, his daughters, Melodie Hayes and Melinda Stensaas, his sons Kevin and Scott Steiger, his grandchildren Savannah Steiger-Tetrault, Katherine and Jackson Steiger, Lindsey and Hannah Steiger, Rachel Broberg, and Casey Stensaas, as well as great-grandchildren Kyleigh Wolfe and Ocean and Remus Tetrault.

George grew up in Hamilton Ohio.  Upon graduating Hamilton Catholic High School he joined the United States Navy.  He was stationed at Oak Harbor Naval Air Station.  Once honorably discharged, he moved his young family to the Seattle area, where he was employed by United Airlines.  George also taught air transportation law and marketing at Highline Community College.  He raised his family in Des Moines,Washington.  He worked at United Air Lines as freight agent for 35 years, until he and Janet retired to Gig Harbor,Washington.  As a freight agent, George could figure out how to ship anything by air, up to and including a live orca whale.

George was a good and loving father and husband.  He loved his adopted state of Washington, the outdoors and the mountains.  He was fond of current events and was an avid life learner, a dedicated golfer, and aviation enthusiast.  He enjoyed spirited conversations, where he defended his various positions with absolute dedication.  He loved music, and encouraged young people in its study.

Private services for the family will be scheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toSt. Francis Hospice of Burien.

7 Responses to “George B. Steiger”

  • JOYCE A NINEN says:

    George was a wonderful neighbor and friend when we lived at the Lakes in Gig Harbor. He was always a pleasure to be around and talk with…he had many wonderful stories and experiences to share. Please give my sincere condolances to Jan…the love of his life!

  • JOYCE A NINEN says:

    If George was born on Aug 13, 1038, he would have been 80 years old when he passed….not, 78!

  • Bill Kroenert says:

    We enjoyed many years of golfing with George. I especially
    enjoyed his Sunday news letters. I always wondered where he got
    So much information. We’ll miss you George

  • jeffrey g moore says:

    We will miss Georges Sunday ‘uplifts of the State of The World’ with his dry tongue in cheek. I spent my 40 year career about the same time as he did, and we often ran into each other at SeaTac, drank a lotta coffee and had good laughs.A good guy to know for sure, and I’ll miss him a bunch. Wish you all a Merrry Chrstmas and great New Year for 2019. If you toast George, please include me in, as I valued his friendship substantially. We were brothers during the good and bad times at the airdrome. RIP Geo, we had a good ride.
    Jeff Moore1964-2004 UAL, lotsa different jobs.

  • Bill hartvig says:

    I met george at highlineCollege in 1975-76 where he was my teacher…later being hired by united in 1978..not running into him tell 1980..he being in airfreight and i in baggage at terminal…having forgotten this was the airline he worked for…we both laughed and he asked in a serious tone…so what else have u forgotten…gone…but not forgotten Geo.

  • Michael Bakker says:

    I worked with George for many years and enjoyed it all. He Was my friend. This is very important… friends, mike

  • Vern Nordman says:

    Almost every afternoon for several years George and I would walk around the lakes sharing our thoughts on every subject under the sun. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the lakes but George knew everyone and we would stop to chat. Our daily walks took about 2 hours. George was a good friend and I will miss him.

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