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Captain Robert E. Lee

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Captain Robert E. LEE Robert E. Lee, born on April 11, 1938, passed away in Port Townsend, Washington, on Thursday, April 7, 2011, after a long struggle with lung disease. He was a graduate of Port Townsend High School. At the young age of nine, he began a long voyage in the maritime industry by selling newspapers on the ferry, Fox Island, when his father, Captain Oscar Lee, established Olympic Ferries, Inc., which ran motor vessels from Port Townsend to Keystone on Whidbey Island. At 16 he obtained an Ordinary Seaman's Document and later credentials from Kildall Navigation School to continue his career with Olympic Ferries, Black Ball Transport and the Alaska Marine Highway System. In 1973 he replaced his father as Port Captain for the state of Alaska. He returned to sea in 1976, retiring as a Marine Pilot in 1997. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Captain Oscar A. Lee, mother Rose Sofie Lee, sisters Beatrice Jones, Cecelia Wise and brothers William and Fred Metzger. He is survived by his three children: daughters Christine Odegard (John), and Tonya Trexler (Tom), son Andrew Lee (Amy), sister Margaret 'Dolly' Campbell and five grandchildren. A Catholic Mass will be held at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, Port Townsend, with burial to follow.A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, April 17, at the Port Town- send Elks Lodge from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Donations in his honor may be made to the American Lung Association, St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 15, 2011
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