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Norris Riley “Lee” Reynolds
July 25, 1936 – March 4, 2021

Mill City – Lee passed away March 4, 2021. He was born to Ambrose and Mary Reynolds in Norristown, PA on July 25, 1936. He grew up in Pennsylvania later moving to San Diego, CA and finally Gates/Mill City.

He was proud of his service in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Lee and his wife Joan were the owners and operators of The Frontier Country Restaurant from 1978 to 2010 in Gates. Joan sadly passed away in August of 2014. The couple raised 3 children and Lee lost 2 two older brothers prior to his passing. He attended St. Catherine’s in Mill City and was affiliated with the Elks, American Legion and VFW. When they owned the restaurant, yearly they would host free steak dinners for the Gates volunteer fire department as a thank you. He was very involved in the Santiam Canyon supporting the timber communities.

Lee and Joan were inducted into the Santiam School District Hall of Fame in 2008 for their involvement supporting the school including for several years hosting a free Halloween dinner and dance for the high school kids. His hobbies included his love for hunting and fishing, specifically bird hunting, and was associated with the NW Pheasant Breeders. He raised Springer Spaniels specializing in hunting dogs. After retiring, he especially loved attending gun shows with his friends.

Lee is preceded in death by his wife: Joan Reynolds; his brothers Dick and Don Reynolds. He is survived by his children: Deborah (John) Schaer of Gates; Jim (Elaine) Reynolds of Lynnwood, WA; and Linda (Dennis) Reynolds of San Diego, CA; 5 grandchildren (Amanda, Michael, Hailee, Gabe & Nikki) and 2 great-grandchildren (Zack & Josh). Lee was so thankful that Judy Wilson came into his life sharing the last 4 years with him.

The family will have a private Mass of Christian burial. Graveside service (outdoors and open to all of Lee’s friends) will be at Fairview Cemetery in Gates Friday April 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm with military honors. Contributions can be made to the Gates Volunteer Fire Department. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.



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