George Edward Lees

George E. Lees, Central Point, Ore., passed away Sept. 26, 2008, at age 84. A joint memorial service will be held for George and his brother, Jim Lees, on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2008, at — p.m. at Veterans Eagle Point Memorial Cemetery, where George and Jim will be laid to rest with their sweethearts Maxine and Norma.

George was born in Central Point, Ore., on Dec. 7, 1923, to John and Clara Lees. He is survived by a sister Carolyn Cassman; two sons, Tom and Jack Lees; two grandsons, Jarrod and Ryan Lees; one granddaughter, Nicole Bishop; three great-granddaughters; a very dear, longtime family member, Carol Blondi Hale; and many nieces and nephews.

George attended Central Point schools and joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and became a decorated WWII Navy Veteran.

He spent his early years happily growing up hunting and exploring in Central Point and neighboring rural areas with many brothers and sisters. Pop explained that a lifetime worth of good friends and memories were made over this period. Perhaps most notably, during this timeframe he met the girl who would one day become his wife, Maxine. Soon after returning from the Navy and WWII, George courted and married his wife of almost 60 years, Maxine, who passed away October 2004.

George greatly enjoyed hunting and exploring. He and Maxine loved to get away to the hills and mountains to explore. He also enjoyed helping Maxine care for her yard and home. He, like Maxine found pride in knowing how to put in a good day's work.' George was happy to while away many hours patiently working on a new project in his workshop, or cutting and polishing rocks gathered over the years from one of his many exploring trips' with Maxine.

After the boys were gone, perhaps the most joy came from George and Maxine being able to load up and snowbird south for the winter, meeting friends and close family. Together they would patiently pal around, exploring back roads and other areas through Arizona, Northern Mexico and neighboring locales.

The family wishes to thank the many Home Help, Medical and Hospice associates who recently helped Pop so much. As well, we greatly appreciate the many friends and family members who have checked-in' and helped Pop so many times over the last four years as he bravely struggled through his final battles with his health; especially Carol Blondi' Hale, Conni Smith, the two Johns (Landers & Martin) and Kathy & Lloyd Dingwall.

Those who care to remember George with gifts are asked to consider sending contributions in his honor to the Southern Oregon Cancer Society or Providence Hospice Center.