Lester Cecil Gee (1923 - 2011)

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Lester Cecil Gee, 88, of Pompey's Pillar, Mont., and formerly of Bozeman and Wilsall, died of natural causes at his home Thursday morning, Dec. 1, 2011, with his wife, LaVada, by his side.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St. in Livingston. Pastor Steven Paugh Leuzinger of Shields River Lutheran Church will officiate. Graveside committal and burial will follow in Wilsall Cemetery.

Lester was born May 16, 1923, in Bozeman, the son of Tom and Hettie "Hester" (Hollen) Gee. He spent his early childhood in the Reese Creek area north of Bozeman and attended high school in Bozeman.

On March 19, 1943, he married Dorothy C. Hoffman, and they resided in the Middle Creek area south of Bozeman, where they raised their two children, Darrell and Linda. Following his retirement in 1983 they moved to Wilsall.

Dorothy died Feb. 7, 1991. On July 14, 1991 he married LaVada Chenoweth Pearcy in Colorado. After living briefly in Wilsall, they moved to Pompey's Pillar in the early 1990s.

Lester was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He worked as a mailman in Bozeman before purchasing acreage south of Bozeman, where they raised cattle and hay.

For 20 years he also worked as a terminal manager for Northwest Freight and Garret Freight Lines. He then began a career in law enforcement with the security force at Montana State University. He later worked as a deputy sheriff with Gallatin County Sheriff's Department until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, LaVada of Pompey's Pillar; son, Darrel L. (Arlene) Gee of Wilsall; grandsons, Eric (Annie) Gee and their children, Eli, Clara and Silas, all of Bozeman; Ty (Liz) Gee and their children, Tayden, Wyatt and Dillon, all of Broadus; and Jeffery Gee of Wilsall. He is also survived by a daughter, Linda D. (Ole) Field of Missoula; granddaughters, Jill (Faron) Stevens and their children, Joshua and Jessica; and Tonia (Albert) Ward and their children, Noah and Ali, all of Stevensville. Other survivors include his brother, Clinton (Betty) Gee of Three Forks, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife, Dorothy, Lester was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; sister, Lucille Lutes; and niece, Joyce Eversten.

If so desired, memorials may be directed to the .
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Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-2531
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 4, 2011
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