George Barney

Obituary of George M. Barney

George M. Barney passed away April 2, 2022, at home, in Olympia, Washington.  He was born December 24, 1930, to Melvin Barney and Catherine Schmidt in Seattle, Washington. 


A lifetime resident of Olympia, George graduated from Olympia High School, with the “Class of ’49.” He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954.  He graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1957.


On December 18, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Ruchty.


Professionally, George was an educator, teaching shop at Jefferson Middle School.  He also was the Director of Maintenance and New Construction for the Olympia School District, from which he retired in 1993.


George was caring, thoughtful, and kind.  He loved his family, friends, life, and enjoyed outdoor activities and woodworking.


He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Ruchty) Barney; sons, Roger (Rebecca), Jay (Lori), and Mark (Sue); seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Joanne) Barney.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Barney and Catherine Schmidt; and his sister, Barbara Carey.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. Friends are welcome to attend. Any memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


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