Utilizing one last move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest daughter, Jackye, moved to Moscow where he was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law.
He and Jackye attended college together for two years, a truly rare and unique opportunity for a father and daughter.
He cared for her through the years of her illness, until her death, after 50 years of marriage, in July, 2008.Lee was devastated by her death, but he knew they would be together again one day.In 2010, Lee began corresponding with Shirley Van Kirk, with whom he had attended the same high school, she being a year behind him.After a brief courtship, they were married in July, 2012.While their time together was short, their love for one another was obvious and genuine.
Lee is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; and his three daughters, Laura Meier and her sons, Charles and Zachary; Tammy Gerberding, her husband Bob, and their children Daniel and Andrea; and Jackye Squire.
This degree opened the path to achieve his lifetime goal to be an attorney.
After retirement from the Navy, Lee was off to law school and his next career.
He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he served as Patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.
He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Annette Le Baron (Doug) of Orofino; son, Kevin (Lee Ann) of Twentynine Palms, CA; son-in-law, Lynn Call of Ogden, UT; 16 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
He is also survived by Shirley's children, Richard Van Kirk, his wife Mary, and their children Jared, Sarah and Madelyn; Joaline Garvey, her husband Shad, and their children Courtney and Ashlyn; and Laurena Karrle, her husband Ben, and daughter, Shayna; and by Shirley's sisters, Donna Carron and Nanette Meyer, and her husband Bob.