Glenn M. Lee

Born: Fri., Feb. 12, 1915
Died: Thu., Apr. 10, 2014

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Glenn M. Lee, a sixty year Pendleton resident, passed away April 10, 2014, in Texas at the age of 99.  Glenn was born February 12, 1915, in Newberg, Oregon.  At the age of one he moved to Goldendale, Washington, where he was raised by his parents Homer and Ella Lee on their Goldendale farm.  During his childhood in Goldendale he had many fun adventures with his cousins and friends.  As a Boy Scout he participated in the dedication of the Stonehenge replica near Goldendale.  He graduated from Goldendale High School in 1932.  A generous inheritance from distant relative Arthur Newby, one of the builders of the Indianapolis 500 race track, made it possible for him to attend the University of Washington.  During those four years he made many friends who he stayed in touch with for life.  He graduated with a degree in Geography in 1937.  Upon graduation he was curious about the places he had studied in his classes so he made a solo ten month motorcycle tour of Europe, Algeria and Russia.  He witnessed the build up to World War II.  He remembered that he spent a total of $1 a day on his tour.  He returned to the United States on the Normandy.

In 1938 he was hired as a meteorologist with the Weather Bureau.  His assignment was Tatoosh Island, Washington.  He was paid $120 a month and worked there for two years.  In 1941 he joined the Coast Artillery at Fort Worden, Washington, and later transferred to the Army Air Corp.  His pay started at $60 a month.  While at weather forecasting School in Chicago his step brother introduced him to his future wife Dorothy Hinchliff.  He served at Churchill Manitoba and on South Hampton Island Northwest Territory.  On leave in 1943 he and Dorothy were married in Chicago.  They spent their honeymoon traveling by train to McChord Field, Washington.

After his discharge he took a job with the Weather Bureau in Troutdale, Oregon.  Daughter Dinah was born during that time.  Later in 1946 the family moved to a new Weather Bureau position in Butte, Montana, where his salary was $3000 a year.  Daughter Linda was born in Butte. In 1953 he transferred to Pendleton as the meteorologist in charge.  Daughter Peggy was born in Pendleton.  He retired from the Weather Bureau in 1973.

Dad was a volunteer fireman for 26 years, a member of the Collector’s Club and the Oregon Trail Gem and Mineral Society.  His interest in rocks, of which he had collected several tons over the years, expanded with memberships in regional and national rock club organizations.  He held many offices, was a show judge for many years and was Scholarship Chairman for 10 years. 

Dad was fortunate to have good health that allowed him to have a very full 40 years of active retirement.  Every year for nearly 40 years he headed South with Dorothy and their trailer as soon as possible after Christmas.  The first stop was always Death Valley.  Then they wandered around the southwest and ventured into Mexico for 3 months.  He probably put more miles on a pickup and trailer than anyone you know going from coast to coast many times.  His many trays of slides documented his travels.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, step mother, two sisters, step brother and his wife Dorothy in 2010.  His Pendleton family includes daughter Dinah (Chuck) Hemphill, granddaughter EmmaLee (Chris) Demianew, grandson Colin (Lacey) Hemphill, and great grandchildren RyLee and Katelyn Demianew and Seely and Callen Hemphill.  We are all thankful for all the time we spent with him.  His wonderful memory allowed us to know many of the details of his long life.  Also surviving are daughter Peggy in Texas, Linda in Colorado and their families. 

Donations should be made to a charity that the donor chooses.

Arrangements are in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Please send condolences by signing the online condolence book at 


The following was found in dad’s papers.

Don’t Weep For Me

To my three daughters,

Don’t weep for me, but remember the good times, for I was one of the luckiest men in the world!  Born to an elderly father and a mentally disturbed mother, I was adopted by a loving aunt and her husband who raised me as their very own.  So, don’t weep for me, but remember the good times for I was one of the luckiest men in the world.  With an older brother and adoptive brother who neither lived past infancy, I made it well past 90, so don’t weep for me, but remember the good times, for I was one of the luckiest men in the world.  With a devoted loving wife for more than 66 years and 3 beautiful daughters, don’t weep for me, but remember the good times, for I was one of the luckiest men in the world! And it has always been my belief that any father should wish that his children turn out better than he did, and this is certainly the case with me, so don’t weep for me, but remember the good times for I WAS THE LUCKIEST MAN IN THE WORLD! Love, Dad

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Aldon and Debbie Stever
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Im so sorry, I had lot of good times as a kid being around your perents and family, Your perents always having smiles when i would run into them at the saddle on the weekends with my mother. And dad always spoke highly about glenn. We dont get the paper, so i miss important things like your mothers passing, what a gentel lady she was. They are still with us as life goes on,and your perents and mine are together and happy , watching over us as we move on in life. We will be with them again,and im looking forward to that time. Peggy my heart goes out to you, But remember ever time you think of them, they are there with you,,Take care

Julie Stratton
   Posted Sat April 19, 2014
I had the pleasure of helping Glenn with his many EE bonds at the bank. He always came in with a smile and was a patient and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Julie

Zane Suverly
   Posted Sun April 20, 2014
My deepest Sympathy for the friends and Family of Glenn. Having worked under him in the National weather Service. I will always remember him as a man that probably knew more about Pendleton Weather than any other person. He also created several scrap books on activity at the Pendleton airport. which should still be located at the History center Museum where they were donated.

Elmer and Marilyn Ringering
   Posted Wed April 23, 2014
We have know Glenn for many years as fellow rockhounds, he will be missed

Rocky Dillenburg
   Posted Sat April 26, 2014
I was saddened to read about Glenn's passing. What a neat guy! I first met Glenn while having breakfast at The Hut. I was sitting at the counter. I had just asked the waitress to refill my coffee cup two thirds. The waitress went to a table behind me and I heard a man say "I'll have two eights". We had a big laugh over that. That's how I first met Glenn. We often swapped stories from that point on. Glenn's were much more entertaining than mine. He told me of his motorcycling in Europe in his youth, about his trips down south, his trips across the US, and of his many rock hounding adventures. When Glenn moved to Texas, I missed those breakfast conversations. He was a very interesting and humble man who lived a long and full life. I feel privileged to have spent some time with him.

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