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Glenn Lee



Glenn Lee passed away on April 10, 2014 in Texas with his loving daughters Linda and Peggy at his side.

Glenn was a member of a pioneer family in Goldendale memorialized on the Klickitat County Pioneer Monument. His parents, Homer Lee and Ella Hinshaw, were active in the Goldendale Community as well as being members of the United Methodist Church. His mother and sisters taught in many of the numerous one-room schools throughout the region. Glenn emulated the pioneer spirit of his family throughout his life.

Glenn Lee was born in Newberg, Oregon on Feb. 12, 1915. He was raised in Goldendale attending grade school and high school, where he lettered in football and track. He was Senior Class President and was instrumental in establishing cap and gowns for graduating seniors. Glenn joined the Boy Scouts in the 7th grade and made Eagle Scout before graduating from high school.

With an inheritance he received from his cousin Arthur Newby, one of the founders of the Indianapolis Speedway, he attended college at the University of Washington receiving a Bachelor's of Arts in Geography in 1937.

Glenn began a year-long motorcycle tour of Europe in 1937, which included climbing Mount Vesuvius, seeing Hitler and riding a camel. On Sept. 2, 1938 Glenn began work at Tatoosh Island where he served as a Junior Weather Observer in the Coastal Artillery. In his words, "After 1-½ years at Tatoosh, I was not too unhappy when my draft number came up in 1941."

In May 1942, he was transferred to the Army Air Corps. In December 1942, he received orders to Churchill, Manitoba then to Coral Harbor, about 500 miles from the North Magnetic Pole participating in the "Crimson Route".

Glenn met the love of his life, Dorothy Hinchliff, during meteorology training at Chanute Field, Chicago, marrying on Oct. 10, 1943.

After being discharged from the Army Air Corp in 1945, Glenn spent 6-1/2 years as the Meteorologist in Charge at Butte, MT, and then moved to Pendleton, Ore., in January 1953, where he served as the Meteorologist in Charge at the Pendleton Airport until he retired on Dec. 31, 1973. He was well known in Pendleton for his radio commentaries on the weather.

In 1953, Glenn and his wife became members of the Oregon Trail Gem and Mineral Society, leading to their involvement in local, regional and national gem and mineral societies, receiving numerous awards for their contributions as judges, officers, and exhibitors. Glenn was instrumental in developing the American Federation of Mineral Society Scholarship Foundation acting as president for 10 years. In 1985 Glenn and Dorothy received the AFMS Scholarship Award and they were inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame for their contributions to education in 1998.

He was a volunteer fireman and President of Hose Company No. 1 in Pendleton for many years, once rescuing a young boy from a burning home.

As one friend wrote: "I think Glenn might have been a throwback, born 100 years late. Back to a time when a man's word was his bond and his handshake meant something, it meant you could bank on it, bet your life on it."

Preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy, parents Elias Homer and Ella Lee, and siblings Theopa (Bringazi), Gladys Lee and Earl Henry. He is survived by his daughters Dinah, Linda and Peggy, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on May 3, at the United Methodist Church, 109 E. Broadway Street, Goldendale, at 11 a.m. with burial at the I.O.O.F. Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale.


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