In Memory

Henry Lee

Henry Lee


Published Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011
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SCHOOLS: Southridge High mourns teacher's death
By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald staff
Tri-City Herald 
Kennewick -- A popular Southridge High teacher died unexpectedly this morning.

Henry Lee, 48, was found dead this morning in his bed. Officers were called at 6:40 a.m. to a report of an unresponsive man at a Newport Street home, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.

Lee was a chemistry and health occupation teacher for the past two years at Southridge, said Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District spokeswoman.

He was remembered by staff members as being very positive, funny and well-liked, Cooper said.

Lee’s death is being investigated by the Kennewick Police Department. No foul play is suspected. The coroner’s office was called and expected to schedule an autopsy.

Southridge staff members were told of Lee’s death during a meeting this morning and an announcement was made over the intercom, Cooper said.

A moment of silence was then held in the building.

A grief center for both students and staff was set up in the library and counselors are visiting students who had classes with Lee, Cooper said.

A poster with Lee’s picture was put up outside the library for students and staff to sign.



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Henry Kit-man Lee, age 48, resident of Kennewick, passed away at home.

He was born on March 3, 1963, in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Parents were Judy and William Lee.

He married Sandra Russell on August 23, 1986. Henry attended Ferris High School in Spokane and graduated from WSU with a BA in education, and attended Walla Walla Community College. He received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He worked for M2 Counseling and Consulting as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for many years and as a teacher at Southridge High School.

He grew up in Spokane, moved to Walla Walla in 1986 and to Kennewick in 1992. He has volunteered as a youth group leader at Family of Faith church and Chinese Christian Alliance, as well as been active in the Journey with Christ community, which is a youth Christian spiritual renewal retreat.

The thing that stood out about Henry was how loyal and loving he was as a friend and how fully supportive he was of other people. He always raised others up.

Henry is survived by wife, Sandra; children, Nicholas, Jasmine, and Brandon, all of Kennewick; mother, Judy Lee, and brother, Robert Lee, both of Spokane. He was preceded in death by father, William Lee.

Services will be at Southridge High School gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th, 2011. Memorial donations can be made to Journey with Christ, c/o 608 Linda Court, Richland, WA 99352.
The family invites you to sign their online guestbook at

Published in Tri-City Herald on September 23, 2011


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30 Year Class Reunion

August 19-21, 2011


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09/20/11 11:51 PM #1    

Greg Peterson

Words are at a loss for what I feel about my dear friend and classmate Henry Lee.  My deepest prayers go out to Henry's wife of 25 years Sandra and his three children, Nicolas 20, Jasmine 18, Brandon 14, family, friends, collegues and students. 

My friend, you will truly be missed as you touched so many of us with your smile, kindness and sense of humor.

Such a sad and unexpected loss as just 1 month ago today we were all celebrating our 30 year class reunion aboard the Mish-an-Nock on beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene.  RIP my friend!!!

09/21/11 12:22 AM #2    

Lyndra Peterson

 henry remained my friend from libby til now. i am so grateful we were able to talk with each other this summer and that i was able to meet your beautiful family. you are missed already. rest easy, my friend.

09/21/11 12:48 PM #3    

Dee Dee Mimnaugh (Van Cleef)

 Henry Lee, your kindness and your smile is what I will remember most.  From the time we were just little kids at Lincoln Heights all through high school.  I am so thankful we could reconnect through facebook and see you at the reunion (although, not for long enough).  You created a beautiful life and family.  My heart breaks for your wife and children but, I know you will watch over them and so will your friends and extended family.  I will think of you with affection often until we meet again.

09/21/11 01:50 PM #4    

Valerie Lyson

Henry was such a positive, gentle person with a great laugh and a big heart. He had the best penmanship of anyone that I know. Even now, after more than 30 years, I can still see his handwriting. He was a great family man, which was obvious from the presence and wonderful attitudes of his wife, Sandra, and his three children, Nicholas, Jasmine, and Brandon. From Libby through Ferris and then through our picnic last month on Sunday afternoon, my lasting memory will be of Henry Lee and Peter Fong together. What a great couple of guys!

09/23/11 09:40 PM #5    

Kevin Weir

I will always consider Henry a great friend.  We were good friends at Ferris, but we really got to know each other well our Freshmen year at Washington State as our dorm rooms were right next to each other on the 9th floor of Orton.  We would spend hours listening to music in his room, and cracking jokes on everything from the food in the dining halls to throwing dummies out our windows (and hoping not to get caught).  I will miss you Henry, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in heaven when I get there too.


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