A Great Man is Missed on Father’s Day 2015
Jean Charles Lease known as “JC”, 92, a longtime resident of Maupin and The Dalles, passed away at peace with his Savior on November 26, 2014.
He was born in Hugoton, Kan., on November 25, 1922, the eldest of seven children to Charles and Roxie Lease. He grew up on the family farm along with his 3 sisters, Roxie Hammel, Ruth Lindley, and Charlene Hatley. He graduated from Yamhill High School, near Salem, Ore., with honors. He began his education with his mother as his primary grade teacher in a one room school house. He continued his education with courses in Gas & Diesel mechanic, machinist, and welder. He learned to work hard helping his Dad farm, driving a tractor at 10 yrs old. He loved being outdoors riding his horse on the Kansas prairie. The family migrated to Oregon in 1936. JC worked in agriculture and lumber as a teen. He worked as a welder in the shipyards in Portland. In 1943 he joined the Navy working as a welder repairing ships on a Drydock in the South Pacific Islands. When he returned from the war, he met his 2 year old son for the first time. For many years, he had his own business in Maupin as a Garage mechanic and Tow Truck enterprise. JC was an accomplished Millwright and Machinist at Mountain Fir Lumber Company until retirement in 1987. He contributed to the vitality of the Maupin community by keeping the mill running day and night. He was industrious, persistent, mechanically ingenious, (building new machines for the Mill), and extremely hardworking all of the years of his life.
JC married Marion Hachler July 7, 1943, and for 66 years kept a lifetime of devotion to her. As a boy, he treasured his horse, as a teen, his motorcycle, after marrying, he treasured her the most. Marion was his only true love. He told his sons, don’t try to understand your wife, just love her. He was a man of honor and integrity, who kept his word on a handshake, and his wedding vows while separated from Marion during WWII and afterward looking for work. Whether Marion was caring for the boys, household, managing finances, harvesting and putting up garden produce, stacking wood, and more, he appreciated her working as hard as he did.
Besides hunting and fishing, he enjoyed gardening. He was an incessant reader. In his later years, keeping him in new reading material became a challenge to his family and friends.
He is survived by 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and many nephews and nieces. Eldest son, Michael and wife Sunday Lease, reside in Vancouver, Wash., along with JC’s grandchildren, Leny Lease, Lisa and husband Shawn McNamee, and his great grandchildren Randelle and Riley McNamee. Younger son, Wayne and wife Laurel Lease reside outside of White Salmon, Wash. Granddaughter Leona and husband Sean Egeland reside in Dufur, Ore., with his 2 great-granddaughters, Emmy and Lily. Grandson, Jered and wife Tara Lease, and JC’s great-grandsons, Noah, Josiah, and Benjamin Lease reside in Longview, Texas. Sister, Ruth Lindley resides in Maupin, and sister Charlene and husband, Marion Hatley, reside in Hermiston. He was preceded in death by both parents, three infant brothers, sister Roxie Hammel, and his closest nephew, Dick Lindley.
A memorial of life will be held privately by the family over Father’s Day weekend near Long Beach, Wash. JC’s most emphatic request was that his ashes be laid on the exact stretch of sand as were his true love’s on Mother’s Day, 2010. Jean and Marion have been united in heaven by their earthly commitment and their earthly remains will be united by the Pacific Ocean.
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