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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Ronald Eugene Lee, 76, died Jan. 19 due to complications from a stroke, his family announced today.
Lee was the second youngest of five children born to Bud and Juanita Lee, Aug. 18, 1942 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He was raised on a dairy farm in Langell Valley, outside Bonanza, Ore.
He graduated from Bonanza High School in 1960, where he excelled in football. In 1975, he left his job at Weyerhaeuser and sold his roofing business, moving his family to Junction City, Ore., where he joined his brother in business at Country Camper.
His eclectic style, passion to build the best and forward-thinking vision, were instrumental in growing the fledgling Country Camper, into Country Coach, one of the top four luxury motor coach manufacturers in the country employing more than 1,500 Lane County residents, his obituary noted.
Country Coach became one of the top 100 privately-owned Oregon businesses and winner of the United States Productivity Award during his tenure as vice president and production manager.
In 2010, he came out of retirement and bought the intellectual property of Country Coach after the buyers put the company in bankruptcy. He then made a deal with Winnebago, who plan to continue manufacturing Country Coaches and employing the staff that he brought back, the obituary noted.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian “Cookie” Lee, who he married in 1974. He is also survived by his daughter Rene (Tim) Randall, son Ronald (Marin) Lee, daughter Tamra (Bernie) Howard, and sons Brian Lee and John Worley.
A graveside service will be held in Bonanza, Ore., Jan. 29 at 1 p.m., with a celebration of life in Junction City, Ore., to be announced.
His full obituary is available at musgroves.com.