Alvis Ellis Lee

Sept. 9, 1929-April 26, 2001

HERMISTON — Alvis Ellis Lee died on Thursday, April 26, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston at the age of 71.

He was born at Le Force, Texas, on Sept. 9, 1929, to Albert and Cula Pugh Lee. As a young man, he did orchard and warehouse work in the Hood River Valley. On Sept. 12, 1950, he married Becky J. Webb in Reno, Nev.

In 1951, he started working in heavy construction and was a member of the Laborer’s Union No. 121 and also Operating Engineers Local No. 701. He has worked on the major freeways from the coast to Baker before he retired in 1991. His comment on retirement was, “Retired? Who’s retired? I work harder doing honey-do’s and Daddy-do’s now, and get paid a lot less.”

He had six children and devoted his life to them and his wife, Becky. The kids always depended on dad, and he was always there, with a big smile.

His main hobby was fishing. He had a house on the Powder River Arm and shared it with many friends and family. He loved to cook fish. Alvis could catch them when no one else could. He liked to bird hunt, also. He always had a big garden and shared with everyone. He was always building and inventing something to make things easier for his wife and others. The last thing he made was a cart for his son, Eddie, to pack his deer and elk out of the woods. He was very proud of this.

Alvis and Becky recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Alvis was a faithful member of the Country Church in Hermiston where he played his steel guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Cula Lee, and a son, Rodney Lee.

Alvis is survived by his wife, Becky J. Lee of Hermiston; son, Eddie Lee of Hermiston; daughters, Cindy Goss and Lavanda Watkins, both of Hermiston, Sandy Walton of Umatilla, Laquitta Smith of White Salmon, Wash., and Sheri Lee of Stevenson, Wash.; twin brother, Alvin Lee of Grove, Okla.; brothers, Troy Lee, Loy Lee and Randal Lee, all of Hood River, and Hedley Lee of Irrigon; sisters, Hollie Moore of Wilbur, Wash., and Janet Roberts of Gresham; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 14 nieces; 13 nephews and 42 cousins.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 30, at the Country Church on Diagonal Road in Hermiston. Burial followed in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Umatilla.

Memorials may be made to the Country Church in memory of Alvis Lee. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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