Lee was born in Alleene, Ark. on Nov. 5, 1930 to Edgar Lee and Carmen Julia (Bird) Landers. He married Shirley June (Allen) Nelson at the Chapel of the Hills near Mt. Hood and enjoyed 56 wonderful years of marriage.
As a child, he lived on the family farm and then later moved to Bonham, Texas. Shortly after, they moved to a farming community near Fort Towsend, Okla., where he attended elementary school. At the age of twelve, the family moved to the Prineville area.
Lee joined the Navy in January, 1948 and was honorably discharged. He returned to the Central Oregon area, making his home in Bend. He got a job at the Deschutes County Road Department and eventually became Superintendent. He worked there until retiring in 1988. For 25 years, during that same time, he owned his own trucking company selling fill dirt and topsoil. After retiring, he and his wife traveled for 23 enjoyable years.
He was a caring, loving man who dedicated his life to giving his family the best he could give. He was the epitome of empathy, making him loved and respected by all who he came in contact with. Every decision he made was based on how it would affect the people he loved. This man will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Shirley June Landers of Bend; daughters, Susan Pommier of Beaverton, Ore. and Liz Crawford of Terrebonne; sons, Mike Landers of San Diego, Calif. and Steve and Ed Landers both of Bend; a brother, Truman Landers of Prineville; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Lee and Carmen Julia (Bird) Landers, His sister, Mural and three brothers, Allen, Carl and Juan, who died as a toddler.
Contributions may be made to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR, 97701. Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com.
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