Larry Ervin Gee, 75, passed away in Oregon City, Ore., Feb. 4, 2018, due to respiratory failure brought on by Multi System Atrophy and Parkinson’s Disease, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 9, 1942, in Billings, Mont., to Elmer E. and Lila G. Gee of Rapelje. He was the oldest of three children. Larry graduated from Rapelje High School in 1960 and was drafted into the United States Army in May of 1964.
While home on leave, on Dec. 10, 1964, Larry married Lois Hart and they had two children from this union. He was stationed in Korea from February 1965 to March of 1966. Larry worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which became a 30-year career. On July 8, 1980, he married Rita Kautsky. Her two children became part of Larry’s family. Larry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He loved to spend time in Yellowstone National Park. He was always up for a drive around the country just to see the scenery. Larry found a love for rock climbing in is ‘old Ford’ pickup. Soon a Jeep Wrangler became his vehicle to enjoy the Jeep Safari each year in Moab, Utah.
When Larry retired, he returned to live in Rapelje and took much pride in being involved in, and caring for, his community. Larry drove the school team bus for several years and enjoyed attending the sporting events. In June 2017, he moved to Oregon to be near his daughter, son and their families.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lila Gee and his second wife, Rita. He is survived by his first wife Lois; two children, Janeen Parries and husband (Brent) of Estacada, Ore., Jason Gee and wife (Jeannie) of Oregon City, Ore.; stepchildren David Kautsky and Carrie Gall; five grandchildren and three great -grandchildren; plus his brother Richard and wife (Cindy) of Shepherd, Mont., sister Colleen and husband (Jay Meyer) of Stevensville, Mont., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Feb. 24, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Rapelje School Gymnasium with internment in the Rapelje Cemetery and a luncheon to follow. Memorials are suggested to Rapelje School, the Stockman Café or the Rapelje Evangelical Church. Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.