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George Leslie Lee, Jr.

George Leslie Lee, Jr., of Camp Verde,  passed peacefully, attended by family, on Saturday, January 25th.  Mr. Lee was 96-years-old and lived independently until the day before he died.  A visitation will be held from 9am - 11am on Saturday, February 1st at Bueler Funeral Home in Camp Verde. Graveside services will follow at 11:30am and will be held at Clear Creek Cemetery on Old School House Road in Camp Verde. 
 
Mr. Lee and his wife, Ruby Marguerite Wilson-Lee, now deceased,  moved to Camp Verde in 1970.  Mr. Lee was a surveyor and party crew chief with the State Highway Department, and worked on highways and bridges around Arizona.  He was also a fine woodworker and sold his woodwork through Nellie Bly Gallery in Jerome.  He was a U.S. Marine during WWII, and fought in the battles of Guadalcanal.  He is survived by a sister, Sarah L. Forkum, of Cookeville, Tennessee,  his three children, Patsy Ruth Lee, of Glendale, Arizona,  Daniel Allen Lee, of Prescott, and Joan Marguerite Lee, of Reno, Nevada.  He is survived also by  two grandsons, two  granddaughters, and four great-grandsons.
 
A left-handed man born on the Tennessee River, Mr. Lee was a fur trapper and fisherman in his youth.  The grandson of a master carpenter and son of an stove smith, he mastered most trades, from concrete to framing to electrical and plumbing.  He was a maker of fine furniture, and could rebuild an engine or transmission.  If he needed a tool he didn't have he could make it.  With the girls he was generous with his hugs, and they lined up when the old man came in, to give him a hug.  He was well loved and will be missed. 

 
"He was a man, take him for all in all, 
I shall not look upon his like again."  
(Shakespeare)

 

4 Comments to George Leslie Lee, Jr. :

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Jean Bernet on Friday, January 31, 2014 8:24 AM
My husband, Fritz, died on January 13.... he got to know George from both attending VVMC Cardiac Rehab together. George always made him laugh...he enjoyed getting to know him for that short span of time and i enjoyed giving George a big hug when we said hello. My condolences to his daughter and son who took such good care of him....God bless you, George. Jean. Bernet
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Lorraine Field on Friday, January 31, 2014 9:29 PM
My deepest condolences to all of George's family. I am a volunteer at VVMC. I had the honor of taking George to the Cardiac Rehab. I truly looked forward to getting a big hug from him. He was very special to me & I truly will miss him.So happy I got to know him. May you rest in peace dear friend. And know you will never be forgotten.
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Christine Espeland on Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:08 AM
George was my father figure. He always took an interest in me in how I was doing or feeling. He was very generous, kind and loving. It was always wonderful seeing him and he always brightened my day. He will be truly missed. I am very grateful for having the chance to get to know him. My sincere condolences to the family. Christine
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Joan Reynolds (Lee) on Friday, March 28, 2014 8:36 PM
Dear Christine, My father loved seeing you and I know you made him so happy when you gave him a Christmas basket he was all smiles. My brother was so glad he took dad out to see you before he passed away..you always made him smile thank you so much for that. I wish all the best for you and your family Love Joan

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