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Lee Schamens
(1943 - 2008)


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Name: Lee Schamens
Gender: Male
Age: 64 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 23 November 1943 - Saturday, 22 March 2008

My Story

Born on November 23, 1943 to Paul and Florence Schamens, Lee was the youngest of four children.  With Anna, Mae, and Ross keeping him in check, he managed to get into some mischief while growing up in Wenatchee, WA. 

After high school, Lee was one of the young men lucky enough to land a job at ALCOA, the major aluminum plant located just outside of Wenatchee.  Jobs such as this paid well, especially for a young man with a high school diploma, but little else in the way of education.  We would learn some 50 years later that the 2 or so years he spent working at ALCOA would be more than enough to expose him to the asbestos that later claimed his life.

He soon married his high school sweatheart, Mary Harle, and settled down to raise a family, first selling life insurance and later as a successful banker.  Lee's family evolved to include two daughters.  First, Lisa, who was born in 1966 and later Carrie, who was born in 1971.  Lee spent many years as a happily married man, thriving in the banking industry and loving all that life had to offer.

In later years, Lee moved to the west side of the mountains and found himself selling cars.  A job that allowed him to make a successful living while keeping him in close proximity of his expanding family.  In 1989, his first grandchild was born and what a doll!  Danika was the sweetest little baby Lee ever laid eyes on and it was truly love at first sight.  Later, Bryton would join the brood as Lisa's second and last child - the baby boy that Lee had always dreamed of having himself.  The bond was significant. 

About five years ago, Lee's family expanded yet again, as did his heart, as he welcomed another grandchild into the family.  Justice was born in January of 2003 and Lee moved with his daughter, Carrie, to Guatemala to care for Justice until the adoption was completed in May of 2003.  Cruz Addison, the final grandchild to join the family arrived in 2005 and was born just one day after Lee's birthday, November 24th.  When Lee later moved in with Carrie and her family, the bond with his newest grandchildren grew immensely.

For those who were lucky enough to know and love Lee, it is no surprise that his passing has left a palpable void in our hearts.  As a friend and colleague, he was a kind, caring, and generous man.  Fun loving and full of energy and a passion for adventure.  From scaling the ruins in Belize and Honduras, to scuba diving in Mexico, Lee lived every moment to the fullest.

As a father, and later as a grandfather, he was the most honest, genuine, and dependable man we've ever known.  He had a way of making you feel that you were the only person that mattered on this planet, that you were capable of anything, and that your mere presence was always enough. 

Lee most enjoyed camping with his family, his annual fishing trips with his grandson, Bryton, travel, and family get togethers as he would revel in the constant love and adoration of his family.  He was our protector, a father and grandfather to Danika and Bryton, who always knew they could call grandpa when they were in trouble. 

Lee was the "rock" and the "glue" of this family...
And finally, he was love.

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Heart Memorial Tribute
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I really miss you papa. I wish you were here to see how well everyone is doing. I want to see you so bad, but no I ca...
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Papa, I wanted to say I love you very much and that this fathers day was extremely hard for me. I would have loved t...
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Happy Father's Day Pops! Thinking about you often on this first father's day with you gone. I miss you so much...we...
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I will always miss my papa but at least I will have my memories, and those I wouldn't trade for anything.
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Today was a tough day. We were missing you so much and it was hard to pack away your things. The clothes still had ...
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Lee was known for his fancy Stingray Corvette so I was really excited when he asked me out! Imagine my shock when he...
Song Dedication Memorial Tribute
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Song Name: I Got You Babe
Artist: Sonny and Cher
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Lee returned from his two week's active duty time and brought back the Sonny ...
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To Carrie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie
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WHEN I'M GONE When I come to the end of my journey and I travel my last weary mile, Just forget if you can, tha...
Song Dedication Memorial Tribute
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Song Name: Because You Loved Me
Artist: Celine Dion
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Fathers Name: Paul
Mothers Name: Florence
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Mt. Vernon
Occupation: Sales
Marital Status: Divorced
Religion: Other Christian


Favourite Sport: Football
Favourite Team: Seahawks
Favourite Book: Anything by Michael Creighton or James Patterson
Favourite Movie: The James Bond Movies
Favourite Music Genre: Jazz
Favourite Artist: Celine Dion
Favourite Charity: The Forgotten Children's Fund


Place of Passing: Mt. Vernon
Date of Passing: 22 March 2008
Cause of Passing: Mesothelioma - An asbestos causing cancer
Type of Funeral: Celebration of Life on the Lady of the Lake
Funeral Location: Lake Chelan
Funeral Date: 28 June 2008
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