1928 - 2012
George Robert “Bob” Winn, a lifelong resident of the Winn Century Farm near Weston, died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at his home. He was 84 years old.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Winn Homestead Events Barn on Winn Road, Weston. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Weston Public Library or charity of your choice through Professional Funeral Directors and Crematory, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Mr. Winn was born March 6, 1928, in Walla Walla. He was the son of George W. and Anna Compton Winn. George was raised on the farm outside Weston and attended school in Weston and Milton-Freewater, graduating from McLoughlin High School in 1946. He enjoyed music, poetry, learning, tennis and horseshoes.
In 1947 he married Imogene Sloan, and this past June they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Both George and Imogene worked together all of their lives on the farm raising various crops with strawberries being the most popular. Strawberries were important to George for 50 years, allowing the training of over 10,000 youths in the value of work. He was progressive in his practice of irrigation and soil conservation.
George was active in church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, men’s quartets and choir. He also served on the Weston School budget committee. George loved people and shared that love all year, but especially while peddling strawberries or paying the youths who picked berries for him.
Education was important to George as he encouraged all four of his children to earn their college degrees. After retirement from farming, George attended Blue Mountain Community College, earning five degrees, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his.
George will be remembered as a loving husband and father as well as a fair and honest employer. His stewardship of the land was very evident, and he passed his love of agriculture on to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene; sons, Jasper (Kathy) of Milton-Freewater, Rev. Wesley (Debbie) Winn of Grants Pass, Preston (Arlene) Winn, Weston; daughter, Suzanne (Jeff) Babbitt of Lynnwood, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents; brother, Peyton Winn; sister, Ellen Reed.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.