Gaylord Lee Grannell Jr. (Minthorn)

Died: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Funeral Service

9:00 AM Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
Location: Tutuilla Presbyterian Church

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Our Lee departed on his next journey in the usual way: fast! Born to Gaylord Lee Grannell, Sr. and Roberta Franklin Grannell in Portland where Lee grew up and attended schools.

Before becoming disabled he was Shipping & Receiving Manager at VTech in Beaverton.

Lee met his partner Micheal Minthorn on Father's Day 1996 in Portland. In 1998 he relocated to McKay Creek joining up with the Minthorn Family for the remainder of his life. Lee and Micheal owned Howtome Vending Company until Lee became ill in late 1999 never recovering. Completely disabled Lee has resided in Portland assisted living facilities since 2003 and had just returned to the reservation only a few weeks before he died, spending most of it on McKay Creek.

In younger days Lee was a sketch and paint artist residing in a loft in NW Portland.

Lee was preceded in death by his father and his most favorite Aunt Karen Grannell Berry. Survivors include his partner Micheal Minthorn of McKay Creek; his mother in Oklahoma City, brothers and sisters in Portland and Oklahoma. Lee has a multitude of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren among the Minthorn family. He gives his special thanks and love to Pat & Kite Minthorn for taking him in. The family gives thanks to the excellent owners and staff at Desire For Healing; the kind family and friends he had among the staff at Wildhorse Casino.

Lee will spend one final night at home this Friday on McKay Creek before services and burial at Tutuilla Presbyterian Church & Cemetery. Funeral Service will be 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Tutuilla Presbyterian Church.  

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Malissa Minthorn Winks
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
It was an honor to have you in our McKay Creek tribe and I will miss you Brother-in-Law! Rest in peace until we get there!) And to my brother Mike, you made Lee's life worth living and rich in family. All our love, Malissa & Mike Winks

Melsue Barkley
   Posted Mon January 13, 2020
There are reasons for everything, I am so thankful that you came to be one of our family. You will be missed, We love you, Lee. Until we meet again we will hold you close to our hearts. Love, your sister in law, Melsue.

Annie Bloom
   Posted Thu January 23, 2020
So sad for the loss of this brave man. I didn't know him personally, though we met once. I knew him thru Micheal's eyes. I knew him from stories & pictures. I knew him because Micheal loved him and that made me love him too. He fought long & hard to be relevant in this big world. I loved his trickster ways & the funny stories Micheal shared with me over the years. He was relevant & he is missed.

Joan Deroko
   Posted Thu January 23, 2020
Lee, was a kind and loving person and Mike's friend, and
he was my Mother and mine to. He will be missed.

Lora Haskett Schepers
   Posted Thu January 23, 2020
May Lee feel comfort with Our Lord and Savior. Michael, I am sorry to hear about your partner and pray that you will not grieve for him anymore, his Savior will give him strength and encouragement to the next task! One of my favorite verses:
Isaiah 40:31 - But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Love and hope,

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