George Edwin Hungar was born July 31, 1922 in Everett Washington to parents George A. Hungar and Ruby B. Owens and passed quietly at home on April 11, 2011.
George attended Lake Stevens High School. In 1941 he joined the Merchant Marines. George served on ships supplying war materials for World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He endured not only his travels at sea, which took him around the world 2 times, but attacks from the enemy as well. In one incident, the fleet George was sailing with was so close to German lines off the coast of Salerno Italy that they laid offshore 3 miles waiting to unload their cargo. While at anchor, they were bombed on average every two hours, day and night, for seven days. Their ship was eventually hit killing three of George’s shipmates. George had many great and captivating stories of his travels at sea and loved to share them. One time George and a fellow Seaman disembarked a ship in Virginia and were reassigned to another in California. They thought the train or bus too expensive, so they hitchhiked across the country to California!
In 1948 George married Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Forrest. From the mid to late 1960’s, George owned and operated a service station in the Seattle area. In 1968, while George was back at sea, Libby was killed in a car accident. George returned to work at the service station where he met his future wife Dorothy Sutherland. George and Dorothy married June 26 1969 and moved to the farm on Orcas soon after. George worked for and eventually retired from the Washington State Ferry system. Together George and Dorothy raised some of the best hay on Orcas Island. George also had a special talent for baking pies, and was very proud of the blue ribbon he won at the San Juan County Fair for his apple pie.
George’s wish to spend his last days at home was graciously fulfilled with the help of many friends and neighbors, people who will always remember George and his fantastic life.
George was preceded in death by brother Gordon, first wife Libby and daughter Donna.
George is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Hungar, sister Dorothy Jubb of Lake Stevens, brother Gene of Kirkland, sister in law Julie Hungar of Lake Forest Park, nephews Bryce Jubb of Lake Stevens and Thomas Hungar of McLean Virginia, nieces Paula McCutcheon of Ellensburg, Sue Hungar of Arnclisse Australia, Dr. Ann Steele of Bothell, Dorothy Hungar’s son Scott Sutherland of Mexico, granddaughter Jessica Schlimmer of Washington, grandson Jeff Flaherty of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, great grandchildren, and Libby’s two children Robert Hungar and Lura Hungar.
A celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date.
Submitted by George Hungar’s family.