Longtime Kirkland Kiwanian George Wieman dies
August 30, 2011 · Updated 2:41 PM
Longtime Kirkland Kiwanian George Downing Wieman died at his Sun Valley, Idaho home on Aug. 20. He was 89 years old.
Wieman was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Los Angeles, Calif. He attended Beverly Hills High, Oregon State University and UCLA. He served in the Flying Navy in the Panama Canal during WWII. Wieman grew up in Los Angeles body surfing, diving for lobster, golfing, driving rather fast, and participating in lots of pranks.
He met the love of his life, Jacqueline, on a blind date. They would have been married 62 years on Sept. 10. He worked for Standard Oil of California (Chevron) for 25 years, becoming district sales manager in Elko, Nev., and then in Seattle. Subsequently, he started Horizon Enterprises, Inc., a gasoline/carwash business that he ran for 13 years.
Wieman started playing golf at age 10 and continued until four weeks ago! He loved to ski, starting at age 38 and continuing to perfect his technique under the instruction of his children until age 88. Boating in the San Juan Islands with his grandchildren and friends brought him immense joy.
Kiwanis was his favorite service organization. Wieman joined the Kiwanis International and Kiwanis Club of Kirkland in 1974. He served as the Kirkland Kiwanis president from 1975-1976 and board director from 1978-1980. He was recognized as the Kirkland Kiwanian of the Year in 1990.
He was also governor of the Pacific Northwest District and Host Committee chairman for the Kiwanis International Convention in Seattle. He was instrumental in starting the I.D.D. (Iodine Deficiency Disorder) program, a Kiwanis concern.
Wieman was also an elder in the Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood in Idaho. He had a life-long faith and held on to the hope of eternity with God the Father and his Lord Jesus.
He will be remembered for his incredibly positive attitude, his favorite quote, being, “Moderation in all things!”, and his delicious sour dough pancakes! When asked how he continued to be so active, he’d say, “Just keep moving!”
He is survived by his wife, Jackie; son, Randy; daughters, Renée and son-in-law Paul, Nanette and son-in-law Jean Marie; grandchildren, Danielle, Jens, Max and Jake; and his sister, Barbara Wieman. He is preceded in death by his father, George Carl and his mother, Madeline.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley and to the Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood in Idaho at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.