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Roy Carl Tulee

July 12, 1938 - January 10, 2018

Roy Carl Tulee was born July 12, 1938 and grew up in San Francisco, CA. He was baptized and confirmed in St. John Lutheran Church, San Francisco. He died peacefully on January 10, 2018 at Willson House, Salem, OR.

Roy graduated from Polytechnic High School, and San Francisco Community College. In 1962 he received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of San Francisco (USF) and in 1970 he received a Master of Science, Organic Chemistry degree from USF. Roy began working for Stauffer Chemical Company in 1960, first in Richmond, CA, then in San Francisco, Oxnard, and San Jose. In 1984 he was transferred by Stauffer to the Clawson, Michigan plant, where he remained until early retirement in 1988. Following his retirement, he held several positions as a chemist in and around Detroit, MI.

In 1958 Roy met Ellen Ann Ross, who had just moved to San Francisco from Minnesota, at the Lutheran Fellowship of the Bay Area choir practice.  Roy & Ellen were married on Aug. 24, 1963 at St. John Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA. They were blessed with two sons Carl Owen (1965) & Cameron Kenneth (1969). They also took in 6 different foster newborn babies for several months each & a foster son (Sherman) for 10 years.

Through the years Roy was always an active member of a local Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. He lead several efforts to start Lutheran High schools. He was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL - now part of Thrivent) for three years. In October of 1997, Roy and Ellen relocated to Salem, OR where they were active members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. At Redeemer he often led a Bible study where he would bring in interesting scientific topics which highlighted the amazing world that God has created.

Besides his involvement in church activities Roy’s hobbies were model railroading, music, and computers.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen, parents, Charles Joseph, and Ellen Johanna Tulee, brother Roland Tulee (San Francisco Bay Area), and half-brother Albert Roy Werner (Sydney, Australia).

He is survived by his sons Carl Tulee of Livonia, MI, and Cameron Tulee (Lisa) and granddaughter Mariella in the San Francisco Bay Area, and foster son Sherman Lee (Keri) also in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Jean Tulee, a niece Cindy (Mrs. Chas Thomas), and niece Susan (Mrs. Steve Dring), all in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 2 at 11:00am at Redeemer Lutheran Church  Salem, OR.  Donations in his memory can be made to either Redeemer Lutheran Church to support ongoing Christian missions — which were important to Roy,-- or to CARE. in remembrance of the CARE Packages which were vital to his German relatives’ sustenance following WWII.

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Roy, you were a good dad and husband and someone I saw as an inspiration. Rest in peace.

Roy has been a good friend for many years since my St. John's years and godfather to my son Matthew Smith. He has been a faithful Christian all his life. With deepest sympathy to his family especially Carl and Cameron. Mary Ellen Detailed.

I remember Roy and Ellen very fondly from St. John's Lutheran in San Francisco, where I grew up.
They were wonderful people, and I am so sorry for your loss.
We have a sure hope of Resurrection in Christ. 

So sorry. May your memories comfort you.

RALPH Greinke

Roy had an exuberance for life and love of God that was apparent to all who knew him. He was a sweet father-in-law and one of my best memories is of the trip we took to Germany with him a few years ago. Rest in Peace, Roy.

I had the honor of meeting Roy & Ellen in early 90' after meeting Carl & Cameron.
He was a very fine gentleman, faithful Christian & dedicated to his family.
The Bible says,"the Lord gives and the Lord takes away blessed be the name of the lord."
With deepest sympathy to his family.
Jim Sarah

A Polytehnic classmate and good friend. The occasion for the photo was our 50th high school reunion in 2006. 
Rest in Peace

Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family.  Roy & Ellen had a great impact on the Redeemer family and will be missed greatly. 

Uncle Roy was a wonderful Christian man. He often expressed his faith to others and used his knowledge to teach others in the Bible class he led. His sense of humor (a good joke for all occasions) will always be remembered. 

Dad, thanks for the many great memories like Disneyland, Grand Canyon, vacation trips to see relatives in the twenty foot seventies trailer.  My family is sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the whole family.

Always had that great smile!  Sorry to hear of his passing.

I am saddened by the news of Roy Carl  Tulees  death.  My husband, Jack died unexpectedly   last month  on  Christmas  Eve.    Jack and  Roy were  classmates  at Poly High  and USF.  Although  Jack and I  didn’t live near  Roy and Ellen and  didn’t get  to see them often, we treasured  their friendship.   May they  Rest In Peace .  Patricia Bonanno 

Roy and I were classmates at Polytechnic High School  in San Francisco. He will be remembered.  I will pass the word of his death to other members of our graduating class.

I just looked at this obituary by coincidence and discovered his ties to St. John's Lutheran in SF where I attended as
a child!!

We also noticed his connection to AAL (Thrivent) and the Lutheran church -
God be with the family!

Pam and Bill Rapp (members of Trinity Lutheran, Stockton, Calif)

Thank you everyone for the condolences. We had a good memorial service last week and also put to rest both of our parents at City View Cemetery, Salem OR in the mausoleum (space 9, tier A south wall, section P).

I’d like to especially thank Pastor Rick Johnson at Redeemer Lutheran Church for a wonderful message that really fit my Dad and how him, as a scientist, was able to view God’s creation in great detail and often shared the discoveries to others. Rest in Piece Dad.

Here they are at City View Cemetery.  We never imagined that the 50th anniversary cross we gave them in 2013 would be used in such a way.  Thank you again to my lovely wife, Lisa, who thought of that wonderful gift back then.  Rest In Peace Mom & Dad.

Roy was my first lab-mate when I arrived at Stauffer's Western Research Center. Sandie and I attended their wedding and helped them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  We enjoyed a close and lasting friendship that was filled with many great memories.
Jules and Sandie Kalbfeld 

Roy and I were in the same confirmation class so many years ago at St. Johns and maintained contact through the years.  I knew Roy as a fine Christian man with a just enough mischief that my memories of him are as a dear friend with whom it was always fun to be.  We shared many joys but also tears over the years, our friendship grounded on our Christian faith and common German heritage.  I was aware of his decline in recent years and saddened that we no longer exchanged e-mails. As I  celebrate Easter this year I wish to share with the family the consolation of Christ's victory over death and the joy of the resurrection.  Because Jesus lives, we know we too will be raised from death to live eternally with God in heaven and the loved ones who have gone before us.