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Lee Raymond Pendergast

December 26, 1930 - August 12, 2011

Lee Raymond Pendergast was known for his humble, sweet natured, gentle spirit. Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing Lee enjoyed his quick wit and one liners. As a result, Lee had numerous friends, many going back to his school days.

Born in Astoria, Ore., to Agnes (McCormick) and Glen Pendergast, Lee was the last survivor of six siblings. He spend his early childhood in Bend, Ore., and then later settled in Medford, Ore., where he was a student at St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 1949.

Lee first met the love of his life, and future wife, Jocelyne Meunier, in the 6th grade. Their marriage in 1950 would soon be followed by the addition of five children. Lee was very proud and enjoyed spending time attending sporting events, activities, and gatherings with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Lee felt blessed to live in Oregon, and especially enjoyed his annual trip to Diamond Lake in the fall with family and friends. Sports, fishing, camping, and the love of the outdoors were all dear to Lee, but one of his greatest pleasures was his wanderlust for exploring the back roads and discovering new places. He also had a special fondness for big band musician, Russ Morgan. Jocelyn and he would later follow the orchestra on many fun cruises and events across the country.

Lee's working career included 12 years as a truck driver, and 24 years at the post office where he retired in 1990.

Lee's decision to leave this world on his own terms was a testament to his great courage. Lee's legacy to those he left behind was his sincere importance of faith, family, values, integrity, and love.

Preceding him in death were his son, Russell; parents; sisters, Elizabeth Hampson, Edith Rukaveno, and Dorothy Darland Boyce; and brothers, Richard and James.

Lee will be remembered with love by his wife, Jocelyne; and his children and their spouses, Gary and Karen, of Talent, Ore.; Glenda and Dennis Vakoc, of Allentown, Pa.; Lynette and Rod Abbott, of Medford, Ore.; and Ken and Patti, of Medford. In addition, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren will never forget him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church building fund or any charity of your choice.

A celebration of Lee's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, 600 Beebe Rd., Central Point, OR 97502.

Arrangements are by Perl Funeral Home, 541-772-5488.