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 http://www.redeemer-lcms.org/home.html 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. care.org in remembrance of the CARE Packages which were vital to his German relatives’ sustenance following WWII.