The brilliant light of a beautiful soul, Ollie "Lee" Fruits, passed gently from this world to the next on September 23rd.
Born in 1937, Lee grew up in small town Indiana, working various small farm and factory jobs. At the age of 17, he joined the United States Air Force. During his career, he married Darlene Haynes, and had his first child, Kandie, in 1957. Lee remained in the Air Force for over 20 years. 1972 brought the birth of his son, Lee Alan.
In 1974, Lee retired from the Air Force, and moved his family to Pullman, Washington, where his wife, Darlene had been born and raised. Lee worked as a service manager at Dick Giovi Ford until 1986 when he took a position at Instructional Support Services at WSU. After 17 years there, Lee finally settled into a comfortable retirement at his country home on Sand Road outside of Pullman.
Lee's wife, Darlene, passed away unexpectedly in 2004. Though unfortunate, the passing of his wife opened the door to what Lee would best become known for over the next several years. Pet therapy with his dog, Oscar.
Lee had a wide range of interests including British comedy, photography, classic cars, and model railroading. But above all, Lee liked to share his ever loving heart with every person he met. He had an inviting smile, and hugs so warm and secure that they could lighten your heart even on the worst of days.
Lee is survived by his children, Kandie Lemieux of Cut Bank, Montana, and his son, Lee Alan Fruits of Moscow, Idaho. He is also survived by two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Take your memories of Lee and cherish them. The smiles, hugs, wisdom, and laughter that he shared belong to all of us, now. Hold fast to them, and share them often.
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