Cabo San Lucas, MEXICO - George Edmund Lee, 81, of Seaview, died Feb. 4, 2009, while on vacation in Mexico. The son of Lewis and Helen (Stowers) Lee, he was born April 19, 1927, in Oakley, Idaho.
He attended school in Oakley and joined the Navy in May 1944. After serving in the South Pacific he was discharged in 1946 and moved to Reno, Nev., to be with his father. He was employed as a truck driver and married his wife, Jean. The couple lived in Reno until her death in 1991.
After her death, he married a family friend, Wilma, and they moved to the Peninsula to build a new home in Surfside. Before the home was completed, Wilma died in an automobile accident on the Astoria Bridge in 1993.
Through local senior events and coffee outings he became good friends with Lucile Robinson. They were married in the Holiday Hotel ballroom on April 26, 1994, during a Peninsula Senior Center bus trip to Reno.
Mr. Lee devoted many hours to the planning and building of the Peninsula Senior Center building. As he loved to cook and entertain, he and Lucile planned and prepared three large fundraising dinners for the center. The couple shared a passion for traveling - if they hadn't been there, they wanted to go. Mr. Lee loved traveling with his fifth-wheel trailer and being part of their summer RV club, "The Slo-Laners." He and Lucile went around the U.S. twice and spent five winters in Mexico. They also shared many cruises and tour group experiences, visiting Spain, France, four islands in Hawaii, and five locations in Mexico.
A resident of the Peninsula for 16 years, Mr. Lee loved to fish, dig clams, garden and read. He was also active with AARP, REAC and FOE No. 3602, and was a lifetime member of the Good Sam Club. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Seaview, and volunteered at Vacation Bible School craft classes for the last 14 years.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, a helpmate and a super grandpa.
Surviving him are his wife, Lucile Robinson-Lee and her children, Marlys Tune of Long Beach, Edward Culbertson of Portland, Russell Culbertson of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Brian Culbertson of Vancouver and Philip Culbertson of Longview; a stepson, James Modica of Long Island, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Mary LaCava of Long Island, N.Y.; brothers, Thomas of Dayton, Nev., and Richard of Vancouver; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Jean and Wilma, and a sister, Louise.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 in the St. John Chapel at Peninsula Church Center in Seaview. Memorial donations may be made to the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, P.O. Box 1127, Ocean Park, WA 98640.