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George William Rye
George William Rye, 88, a 32-year Bishop resident who was born in Miami, Ariz. on Feb. 10, 1924 passed away April 10, 2012 at the home of his daughter, Lynn and son-in-law, Paul in Redding.
George was preceded in death by his parents and younger twin brothers, Bob and Dick Rye.
He and his wife moved to Bishop around 1980 after retiring from Central Federal Bank as a branch manager for 24 years in El Cajon. He did a lot of soul searching in the midst of their retirement and came to grips with his eternal life and accepted Jesus into his heart.
Being a people person, he became very concerned for others and their salvation. He shared his new born life eagerly and was instrumental in touching many lives. He became a member of Calvary Baptist Church here in 1981 and was very active and involved with its functions, the school and teaching. He even got a job as a reservation operator, then manager, in Mammoth for about four years. He so loved meeting people and visiting with them, encouraging and helping them with their spiritual walk. He will be truly missed.
“ … to be absent from the body and to be present with the lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8). This is the confidence and hope of those who believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Mimi Rye; son, Michael Rye and his wife, Janice; daughter, Lynn Clay and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Darlene Lenzi, Benjamin Rye and Joseph Rye; great-grandchildren, Cayenne and Sage Rye; and a nephew, Steve Rye and a niece, Marci Rye (Burgerhouse).
A celebration of life memorial was held April 16 at Calvary Baptist Church on West Line Street in Bishop.