Jan. 31, 1921 - May 20, 2011
George Herbert was born on Jan.31, 1921 to Harold and Thelma Herbert in San Jose, Calif.
Early in his childhood, he decided to become a doctor. At the same time, he became very interested in hunting and fishing. He educated himself in all aspects of firearms, hand-loading, gunpowder, game lore
and outdoor living,
After high school, he entered San Jose State College, then transferred to the University of Pacific under the Naval V12 program. He later graduated from the University of Buffalo (New York) with his pre-med degree then completed his internship at Santa Clara County
Hospital. While in New York, he met and married Marjorie Brusie. George became board certified at Presbyterian Medical Center in 1948.
In 1952, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England. While in Europe, he and Marge adopted a son, Jim, in Germany and another son, Larry, in Bremerton, Wash. After their return to the U.S. in 1954, they made Walla Walla their home where George worked as an anesthesiologist at St. Mary's, Walla Walla General and the Veteran's Administration hospitals. As their sons grew up, he taught them about hunting and fishing while providing them with five acres to explore and have fun. In 1980, he retired from anesthesiology and became the Walla Walla County Health officer. He retired from that position in 1989.
After the death of Majorie in 1997, he met and married Anne Hellie. They were together until her death in 2009.
George was an avid outdoorsman and took a number of hunting/fishing trips around the U.S., as well as Canada. His knowledge of firearms, both old and new, was incredible. He enjoyed traveling also, visiting most of the United States as well as a trip to Asia. He was active in WW being involved with the Elks, Masons, Rotary, president of Little League, Pony League, Colt League, Walla Walla Steelheaders and he volunteered at Fort Walla Walla. George was also a lifetime member of the NRA.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marjorie, his son Larry, his sister Jean and wife, Anne. He is survived by his brother, Richard Herbert of San Jose, son, Jim, and godson, Mike, daughter-in-law, Jean, and seven grandchildren.
Remembrances will be from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St, Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or Ft. Walla Walla Museum through the funeral home.