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1921 - 2012 In Memoriam Condolences
TERENCE RAYMOND LEE Terence Raymond Lee 91, passed away, peacefully on December 27, 2012 at the Burien Life Center in Seattle, WA. His parents were George W. Lee and Ada Burdette Lee. He had two brother's; Bob and Pat Lee, One sister; Margaret Klein, One half-brother; Joe Lee and two half-sister's ; Gladys Sichenieder, and Irene Stanich. Terence grew up in the Ballard district of Seattle staying until he finished high school in 1939. Due to the lack of available jobs during the depression, he joined the federal CCC program and became a truck driver for one year. He then was an arc welder in the shipyards. At age 21, in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, and was later assigned to a navy minesweeper as a signal man, and ship lookout. After the Navy in 1946, at age 25, he became a Seattle policeman for one year. He contracted rheumatic fever in 1947, and was sent to Oakland, CA. where he stayed in the hospital for five months and was close to death. After praying to God, he quickly recovered nearly overnight and always considered this his miracle. He was able to get a job as a security officer at UC Berkeley campus for the next two years. Later, he became an Oakland policeman from 1952 to 1955. From 1955 to 1978 he became a California Highway Patrolman where he finished his CHP career as a Sergeant in Red Bluff, Ca. For 14 years from 1979 to 1992, Terry worked as a security guard at Longacres horse racing track in Seattle with his brother Bob. In 1948, he met Vesta Senders at the Ali Baba Dance Club in Oakland, California. They were married on April 15, 1950. They spent over 58 years of their lives married together until Vesta passed away in 2008. Together they raised three son's; Tom, Ken, and Terry William. In 1972, Terry finished his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in history, while working his full time CHP occupation. By 1975, he completed his Master of Arts in Political Science, along with his Teaching Credential. He and his family are very proud of his accomplishments in education. Terry loved to laugh and socialize with people. He was very outgoing, energetic, and personable. He had many hobbies including golf, bowling, pistol sharpshooting, and swimming. Together Terry and Vesta took dance classes through the years and also played golf often at the local country club for recreation. Terry was especailly interested in his sons and grandchildren. He enjoyed knowing about their interests, relationships, ambitions, and was always available to offer advice. He and Vesta often traveled to see the grandchildren's various sports teams and dance recitals as the grandchildren grew up. Terry lived long enough to see all three of his son's happily married to wonderful wives, who had six granchildren. Terry is survived by his brother; Patrick Lee, his half-sister; Irene Stanich, his three son's; Tom (Gigi), Ken (Yingjie), and Terry (Jia). He is also survived by six grandchildren; Michelle, Shaun, Andrea, Carolyn, Janelle, and Ming. Terry was a devoted Christian and love his wife Vesta for 58 years. He will be laid to rest next to Vesta at Tacoma National Veterans Cemetery in Tacoma, Washington. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family who loved him dearly.
Published in Daily News on Jan. 15, 2013
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