Thursday, September 29, 2011
George (93) was born to Mary Elizabeth Stovall Gwinn in Walla Walla seven months after his father, George Martin Gwinn, died. He was the youngest of 11 children born to them.
He attended Paine and Walla Walla High School, graduating in 1936. He received his BA in Education from Eastern Washington College in 1941.
He and Anna Ruth Meiners were married at her parents ranch on Spring Creek, September 26, 1940. His first teaching position was at Molson, WA and then at Washington School in Walla Walla where he taught 8th grade and was honored to be included in 8th grade's reunion each year.
He was drafted in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater as a scout for the Marine Corps. On his return in 1946, after coaching the Marine football team at Cherry Point, North Carolina, he taught and coached in Okanagan, WA. He went on to Sweet Horne, OR where he was the principal at one of the elementary schools and the Jr. High. In 1953 he signed on with the Air Force as a civilian educator and moved his family to Port Lyautey, Morocco for 2 years at a Strategic Air Command base. From there he was transferred to Sembach, Germany as the principal at the dependants' elementary school on another SAC base. In 1956 he moved his family back to the US and taught in the Portland Public school system until 1968 when he accepted a position with the Wallowa School District, coaching baseball and teaching high school industrial arts. He retired from there in 1981 and eventually returned to Walla Walla in 2001.
He is survived by his wife at horne and his 2 daughters, Georganna Sitton and Sherry Cook both of Walla Walla and his son, Harris Gwinn (Robin) of Oregon City. There are 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. His youngest son, Terry Michael Gwinn, died in 2004.
Interment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Blue Mountain Humane Society through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Horne at 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.