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October 23, 1953 - April 29, 2013
POCATELLO - Leonard "Lee" Gary Teel, 59, passed away peacefully as he completed a day's work at the Naval Reactor Facility at INL, Monday, April 29, 2013.
Lee was born October 23, 1953 in San Jose, California, to Ovid Lloyd and Norma Jean (Henney) Teel. He was raised in Santa Clara, California, where he attended Scott Lane Elementary, Wilson Junior High, and Santa Clara High School. He played the clarinet in the marching band and graduated in the class of 1971.
Lee enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1971 and served his country on the USS Enterprise until 1975. He married Peggy Lee Adams on May 3, 1975 in Noble, Oklahoma. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Santa Clara, California for a short time. After their oldest son, Clint, was born, the family moved to Pocatello, where they had two more children, Clay and Amanda. In 2006, Lee graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems and Finance.
Lee was a member of Pocatello Baptist Church, Ducks Unlimited, NRA, and was a Gate City Youth Football League coach. He was a huge Patriots and OU football fan who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, travelling, woodworking, gardening, attending grandkids' sporting events, coaching football, playing cards and games, and spending time with family and friends.
Lee is survived by his wife, Peggy Lee Teel, Pocatello, ID; sons, Clint (Leisha) Teel, Pocatello, ID; Clay (Nikki) Teel, Pocatello, ID; daughter, Amanda (Nick) Shepard, Pocatello, ID; mother, Norma Teel, Morgan Hill, CA; father, Ovid "Lloyd" Teel, Pocatello, ID; brothers; Robert Teel, Pocatello, ID; Arthur Teel, Pocatello, ID; John Teel, Morgan Hill, CA and six grandchildren.
Lee was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard "Pete" Leroy and Pearl Teel, and John and Velda Waalkes.
A Celebration of Life for Lee will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road, with Pastor Colan Deatherage, from the Pocatello Baptist Church officiating. There will be a gathering for friends and family, Friday evening 6-8 PM and immediately following the services at the funeral home. Military Rites will be provided by Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard at the funeral home. His funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the Teel family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to amyloidosis.org to support ongoing research for the treatment and potential cure of this rare disease that Lee suffered from.
Wilks Funeral Home
211 West Chubbuck Road
Chubbuck, ID 83202
Published in Idaho State Journal on May 2, 2013