Leland G. Greer

Leland G. Greer

9/18/1936 — 3/23/2018

Lee Greer, 81, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, at his home in Lewiston. Leland George Greer was born in Potlatch on Sept. 18, 1936, to George and Lela (Flowers) Greer.

Growing up in Potlatch, Lee felt the need to get out and see the world. He decided to quit school at age 18 and enlist in the U.S. Navy. He earned his diploma some years later.

Lee started his career as a gunner's mate, then became a member of the Navy's elite diving team where his training took him to Washington D.C. and he eventually retired as a Chief Petty Officer after 23 years. Lee's stint in the Navy took him around the world. An atlas map in his home is pinned with numerous locations of his service while stationed in the Navy. Lee was always on a ship and never had land duty. During his two-year reassignment in Vietnam, his duties as a diver included inspections of the ship's hull every four hours for floating mines. Often, enemy bullet tracers could be seen in the water around him as he inspected the ship. After his naval career ended, Lee began working at the Lewis-Clark State College Vocational Tech, where he worked in the tech room, tool library and supervised testing for Potlatch Forest millwright students. Lee retired from LCSC after 22 years.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents and two half-sisters. His first wife, Joyce and infant daughter passed away in San Diego while Lee was stationed overseas. Lee's second marriage to Patricia "Suzanne" Greer also ended with her passing in 2001. He is survived by his many cousins.

We were all enriched when Virginia Grunke became part of our family and began dating Lee. They would hold hands and smile as a couple in love would do and people would comment on their obvious happiness and affection for one another. Lee and Virginia could be seen at the Bait Shop, Jeffery's and with the Rosauers coffee crew. They had recently celebrated 16 years together.

Lee never met a stranger. He was a sweet, friendly man who loved his relatives and especially Virginia: Good Morning Sunshine.

Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. A cookie and coffee gathering will be held at the social meeting hall at 3428 15th St. in the Lewiston Orchards. Following the gathering, inurnment will follow with full military honors at the Potlatch Cemetery.

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Thursday, April 5, 10:00 AM
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home
920-21st Avenue
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

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Burial will occur at 3:00 p.m. at the Potlatch, Idaho Cemetery.

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