Obituaries for week of 7-4-12
James David Cornett
January 1, 1923 - June 27, 2012
Former area resident James David Cornett, 89, of Albany, passed away peacefully at his home on June 27, 2012, following a long battle with lymphoma.
James was born Jan. 1, 1923, in Moorewood, Okla., to Boyd and Jessie (Robinson) Cornett. He grew up in Leedey, Okla., until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 6, 1942. On Aug. 30, 1948, Jim received an honorable discharge and returned to Leedey to marry his beloved wife of 64 years, Wanda Marie Bentley, on Nov. 3, 1948, in Hammon, Okla.
They made their home in Sayre, Okla., where Jim went to school at Sayre Junior College to complete his high school education and the first two years of college. Following Sayre Junior College, Jim attended Oklahoma A&M College (Oklahoma State University) and graduated in 1952.
After graduation, Jim and Wanda left Oklahoma and began a life of living on Indian reservations, working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs where Jim was the reservation superintendant.
In 1971, they moved to Warm Springs, where eventually Jim retired from the BIA. After retiring, Jim and Wanda moved to Albany, to spend the rest of their years enjoying gardening, golf, family, and travel.
James is survived by his son, Phillip Cornett of Salem; sisters, Edith Snell of Reydon, Okla., and Eunice Mangold and husband Jake of Amarillo, Texas; brothers, Billy Cornett of Higgins, Texas, Bobby Cornett of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jessie Cornett and wife Carol of Littleton, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda of 64 years; his parents; brothers, Paul Cornett and Glen Cornett; sisters, Lois Tackitt, Naomi Sullins, and Ruth Cheateaux.
Funeral services for James were held at the Church of Christ in Hammon, Okla. on July 2, with Tom Harguess officiating. Interment followed at the Shirley Cemetery northwest of Leedey, under the direction of the Marin Funeral Home of Elk City, Okla.
Peter Roger Lee
May 1, 1922 - June 22, 2012
Peter Roger Lee, 90, of Fossil, passed away June 22, 2012, at Albany General Hospital due to complications from a stroke.
A graveside service with military honors was held June 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Fossil IOOF Cemetery.
He was born May 1, 1922, at Fossil, the son of Frank and Helen Stransky Lee, and grew up on the Lee family ranch outside of Fossil.
After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he married Frances Flinn, of Wasco County, and they had two sons, Peter Robert Lee and James Edward Lee.
He went on to have a 28-year career with the Army Corps of Engineers, having worked on both The Dalles and the John Day dams.
Peter was affectionately known as "the old Geezer" or "Grandpa Geezer" to his family and many friends. Geezer was well known for his kind and gentle manner. He always had a joke, story, or smile to share. He loved nature and animals.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by granddaughters, Christina and Carolyn Lee; sister, Mary Potter; daughter-in-law Nancy Noe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Peter was preceded in death by his sons, parents, brothers, Frank "Red" Lee, Edward Lee, and George Lee, and a sister Helen Guyton.
Memorial contributions may be made to any local Humane Society. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.