Sterling resident George A. Ioanin died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was 78.
No services are planned.
Mr. Ioanin was born June 17, 1923, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. He grew up in Nelson and was very athletic, playing hockey, lacrosse and baseball. He moved to Trail, B.C., as a young man to play junior league hockey.
During World War II, he served in the Canadian Navy and survived a torpedo attack on one of his ships.
He married Doreen Gladys Owen on Aug. 27, 1943, in Trail.
Mr. Ioanin worked at Cominco as a painter for 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Painters International Union.
He and his wife moved to the United States in 1953. They lived in Seattle at first and, in 1954, moved to Fairbanks. They moved to Anchorage in 1957 and remained there until 1985, when he retired and they moved to Sterling.
Mr. Ioanin's hobbies included piloting his plane, hunting, fishing and square and round dancing. He was an instructor in calling square and round dancing from 1957 to 1990. He was a member of dance groups for many years and also a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, a brother and a sister.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Sterling, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association for research in asbestosis.
Arrangements were made by the Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene.
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