Robert E. Lee Sr.
1941 - 2018
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Robert E. Lee, Sr.

Kingston, WA

April 28, 1941 to Aug. 17, 2018

Robert E. Lee Sr., of Kingston, WA passed away at 1:03 am on 8-17-18 following a brief illness.

Robert (Bobby) Lee was born on April 28, 1941 in Brooklyn New York to Edward Porter Lee and Mary Elizabeth Lee. He joined the Navy when he was just 17 and married his first wife Merrily A. Lee and had three children, Robert (Red), Catherine, and Michael Lee. He began his service on the Cubera and ended it on the Simon Lake and he retired as Command Master Chief. Bobby married Denise (Deni) Lee on October 31st, 1986 adding two step-sons, Derek and Ryan Knutson, and brother-in-law, Kim Matthews and his wife, Angela. He completed his MBA at 57 years old and became an instructor at several Colleges until he worked as Regional Director for SIU retiring at 71 to care for his wife, Deni Lee until she passed one year ago.

Robert loved his family and friends. He volunteered and shared his gifts and many blessings to the local community through the Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Club, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and was Former Commodore with the Kingston Yacht Club where he had many friends and adventures.

He is survived by his brothers, Richard, John (Jackie), Elizabeth (Betsy) and Jimmy Lee, his son Michael D. Lee and his wife, Lenora Lee, and daughter, Catherine E. (Lee) Stinson, step-sons, Derek and Ryan Knutson, grandchildren, Michael Casterline, Jessa and Tyler Lee, Anthony and Brandon Stinson, Tessa, Taggart, and Tallon Knutson, Terry Lee Gilmer, Sarah May, and Katie Hile, and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Robert E. Lee Jr., his ex-wife, Merrily Lee, and his wife, Deni Lee, and his parents.

A Memorial Mass will be at 12 o'clock pm September 29th at St. Olafs Church in Poulsbo, WA with reception afterward in the hall of the church, followed by a Celebration of Life at approximately 4:00 pm at the Kingston Yacht Club in Kingston, WA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to ALS and the Cancer Society.

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Published in Kitsap Sun on Sep. 11, 2018.
Memorial Mass
12:00 PM
St. Olaf's Church
Celebration of Life
04:00 PM
Kingston Yacht Club
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November 9, 2018
I met Bobby Lee, in 1972 when I reported on board USS James K. Polk, while it was in Newport News Shipyard for overhaul, and served with him until I retired in 1975. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family. On numerous occasions he helped me with watch station qualifications, and other shipboard activities, as he did with many others. I remember his willingness to help others and his good sense of humor. He always one of the first to take part in ship activities and support his fellow shipmates. Sailor, rest your oars! God Bless
Don Ehinger
September 12, 2018
I've lost another shipmate. It doesn't get any easier.

"Lee" (we didn't use first names back then) and I both served on the Cubera. Spent some interesting times in Philadelphia during a shipyard overhaul. Of course anyone from Brooklyn NY with the name Robert E. Lee was an instant conversation starter.

My condolences to the family. I'll carry many fond memories of my time with "Lee", he was a special shipmate. I'll miss him.
William R. (Bill) Ehney
September 11, 2018
We met Bobby and Deni 5-6 years ago in Mesa Arizona. They both immediately became very special friends. Light just shone through them both with their incredible smiles and positivity. We are so glad they became part of our lives and Arizona family. Bobby and Deni will forever be missed and I thank them for enriching our lives.
Vicki and Dale Robertson
September 11, 2018
I will always remember his smile. Love you Dadio.
Catherine Stinson
September 10, 2018
I met Bobbie in 1996 and as the years passed our friendship grew. After they retired, Bob and Deni bought a place in the same park where Bette and I lived (Mesa, Ariz) and we became shadows. Whether it was serving pancake breakfast or telling lies in the Write Your Life Story group, playing golf with the Geasers or working out in the gym we were both there. In Kingston we belonged to the Yacht Club, Kiwanis and volunteered at the Chamber. When Deni became ill Bob reverted to a dedicated care giver. We were all saddened when Deni passed July 17, 2017, but never thought Bobbie would follow her exactly one year and a month later. Bob had as many friends as anyone I know. I am very sorry for his family and friends and I'm sorry for myself because I losy a good friend. Sail on Robert E.
Tom Davies
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