George A. Nutter a longtime resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, kids and grandkids, on March 11, 2015, from respiratory problems.
George was born on Jan. 2, 1948 in Bremerton, and was adopted by George and Charlotte (DeMent) Nutter in Bremerton seven days after birth.
George grew up in Bremerton, receiving his formal education in the Bremerton School District.
At age 15, George began working at the Kitsap County Airport (Bremerton International). He soloed at 16, and by age 18, George had passed his required courses and had enough hours to become a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating.
George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, took his basic training at Ft. Ord, Calif., and received his Armor training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was then transferred to Manheim, Germany, where he served with the 5th Battalion, 68th Armor assigned to the 8th Infantry Division.
As more and more combat veterans returned to Germany from Vietnam, George thought it would be better to fly over a war than drive through it. So he re-enlisted and joined Army Aviation as a helicopter pilot. George was assigned to D Troop 1st Squadron 10th Cavalry, where he was stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam.
George served directly under Lt. Colonel R. W. Noce, Commanding Officer for this unit and flew more than 750 hours of combat hours and received the Army Commendation Metal, Valorous Unit Award and the Air Medal with 30 awards.
After completing five-plus years in the Army, George left military service and began work for the U.S. Navy as a civilian at Sub Base Bangor, where he served as an explosives handler on the Polaris submarine program.
The call of law enforcement was too strong by then, so George became one of the original members of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department reserve program. George moved to Port Angeles and served with the Elwa Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs and worked closely with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department shortly after the Judge Bolt decision, which gave 50 percent of the fishing rights to the Indians.
George graduated from the Seattle Police Academy and, after receiving his State Accreditation, moved to Eastern Washington, where he served with the Quincy Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, both as an officer and deputy.
After serving for 10 years with various law enforcement agencies in Western and Eastern Washington, George joined the Washington State Patrol, where he completed his 33-year law enforcement career on Sept. 1, 2007.
George married Pamela K. Weber in 1978 in Quincy and together they raised three wonderful children, Courtney (Ryan) Elsos of Issaquah, Lacie Nutter of Snoqualmie and Brian (Nicole) Nutter of Marysville.
George has six grandchildren with one on the way: Cody, Emilie and Cole Zegers; Kailyn and Easton Nutter; Savannah and new baby sister Elsos.
George served eight years on the Quincy City Council, six years as a commissioner for the Quincy Cemetery District No. 1 and three years as a commissioner for the Grant County Civil Service Commission.
George was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, American Legion, VFW, (Quincy) Fraternal Order of Eagles, (Ephrata Lodge) The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, (Moses Lake), a Life Member of the Loyal Order of the Moose (Quincy) and the Air and Space Museum in Seattle.
George was also a published author, having written eight short stories regarding his Vietnam experiences published in two book sold nationwide.
George loved to fly, study aircraft, boat, fish and listen to ’60s rock and roll. His fondest memories were the many times spent on Lake Roosevelt on the family boat with his wife and children.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 716 3rd Ave. S.E. in Quincy. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish foundation, or the Air and Space Museum in Seattle.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guest book at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.