Born to Claude and Vera Whiteman Lee on March 8, 1936, in Centralia, Wash., Gary passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Growing up he attended Centralia schools and Centralia Community College. In 1956 he transferred to Central Washington College graduating in 1958 with a BS in Education. In 1958 he married Rosemarie Davis. They later divorced. In 1978 he married Linda Chesley Cobbs who survives at the family home in Cosmopolis. Gary taught in the secondary school system for 30 years, two years at Ridgefield and 28 years at Willapa Valley where he also coached all sports and in 1968 he started and coached the wrestling program. He retired in 1988 but due to his love of teaching spent 14 years at Grays Harbor College. Gary was a long-standing member of the Cosmopolis Lions Club and passionate about Lionism and what it stands for. In 2006, he became a WSU Master Gardener sharing his love and knowledge of dahlias. Gary was a well-respected member of the education system and the communities where he lived. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Linda Childers and Connie Herrold and three grandchildren. Besides his wife of 36 years he is survived by his brother Stephen Lee of Adna, a son Dennis Lee (Becky) of Riverton, Utah, a daughter Amy Lee of Long Beach, a stepson Nathan Cobbs (Laura) of Racine, Wis., four stepdaughters, Denise Bryant of Ocean Shores, Wash., Debby Helm and Diane Farbo (John) both of Orofino Idaho, and Donna Johnson (Jim) of Tumwater, Wash., 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the Cosmopolis Lions Club, 601 2nd Street Cosmopolis beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31.
Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.