Frederick “Lee” Sundsmo was born Sept. 8, 1943, and died Aug. 23 after a two-year battle with cancer. He graduated from Redmond Union High School and enlisted in the Army. He was stationed for two and a half years in Germany, mostly in communications, and was given high marks for sharpshooting. In 1967 he was discharged.
He married Pam after returning stateside, and they had Carrie and Terry. They later divorced. He wandered all around the Pacific Northwest and remarried and divorced twice more.
He loved big dogs, especially black labs, and working on vehicles. After retiring from a 15-year job detailing newly built homes in Bend, he came to Mt. Vernon to be near his only sibling. Walking the river trails daily at Clyde Holliday State Park, with dog in hand, he also enjoyed taking pictures of various wildlife, including a family of raccoons born in an old upright tree trunk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Helen, and an older sister, DeAnne. He is survived by daughter Carrie and her husband, Jerry, of Prineville, along with nephews Sid and Jerry Bucholz. Dean, Steven and Nathan Bucholz are also in Oregon. Son Terry’s whereabouts are unknown. Also surviving him are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and sister Mya Ennis and Jim, of Mt. Vernon. He will be missed. A family service will be held at the Terrebonne Cemetery at a later date.