Obituaries: Leland H. Aldrich(1923-2008)

August 19, 2008 11:00 pm

Lee Aldrich died at home Aug 17, 2008.

Lee was born in Bellingham Wash., on Dec. 16, 1923, and had moved many times throughout his childhood, living in Washington, southern Oregon and northern California. He lived all of his adult life in the Orick-Klamath area.

Since his retirement from the woods, he was well known for his daily 8-mile round-trip bicycle rides up the highway to the Klamath post office. He was often seen handing out Christian booklets to anyone he met along the way.

Growing up in hard times, he started out at age 12 working and living on various farms and ranches as a ranch hand. He worked for Arcata Redwood in Klamath and lived for many years at the Palm Motel in Orick before moving to his Klamath home.

In the woods, at lunchtime, you could find Lee or "Growler" as his good friend Floyd always called him, sitting alone, eating his sandwich and drinking his thermos of milk, or listening to a good joke, slapping his leg as he laughed. Lee was also a great yodeler and used to yodel for family and friends.

Lee's true love and spiritual partner was his wife, Lorna. They were married in 1979. Lee, Lorna and their little poodle lived happily in Klamath until Lorna's death in 1994.

Lee was also preceded in death by his parents; two siblings Donald and David; and his brothers-in-law, Grant Taggart and Hank Goldsmith.

He is survived by his sisters, Vivian Taggart of McKinleyville, Mary Goldsmith and Shirley (and Bill) Roden of Washington; his brothers, Fred Aldrich and Larry (and Diane) Aldrich, of Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a graveside service on Thursday at 11a.m. at the cemetery's military section in Crescent City. There will also be a Sunday gathering after worship services in the New Life Community Church at the corner of 2nd and G streets. All are welcome.