Joseph Roscoe Lee, resident of Baker county 1904 to 1956, died November 14, at the family home in Forest Grove.
He was born March 22, 1880 in Dallas, Oregon, where his father J.D. Lee was born in 1849. J. Roscoe attended Portland schools except enrollment in Independent Academy, The Dalles, 1888-1892, and attended Willamette U. and Capitol Business College, Salem.
He was married to Myrtle Guttersen in 1914 at St. Paul, Minn. In Baker county he had a dry good store, farmed in Eagle Valley and in later years ran an insurance agency.
His wife was a teacher and co-school superintendent.
He studied pipe organ with Dr. Carl Denton, Portland, and it was Lee who installed the chimes in the Methodist church tower here as a memorial to returning service men. He personally played the chimes at noon hours until he retired and moved to Forest Grove in 1956. At that place he also equipped the Methodist Church with chimes and similarly at the Masonic home. He faithfully played the noon chimes and Saturday evening vespers until his health failed in January.
His wife; four sons, Jason D. of Salem; Granville of Encino; Dr. G. Prentiss Lee and Dr. J Robert Lee of Portland, and 12 grandchildren survive, as does a sister Althea Kiseberth of Portland.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Forest Grove. Mr. Lee had willed his body directly to the Oregon Medical School.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the memorial chimes of the Baker Church.
The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November 18, 1965 page 6
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor