Milton Albee passed away at home on October 19, 2022, at the age of
86. He was married to his loving wife Janice for 63 years.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Milton and Florence Albee, his brother Gordon and wife Joan Albee, his aunts Mabel Albee and Mildred McIntosh, his cousin Pat McIntosh and his brother-in-law Peter Vallerga.
He is survived by his wife Janice Albee, his sons Bryan Albee of Rohnert Park; Brad Albee and wife Carolyn of Eureka; his grandchildren Jocelyn Albee of Chico and Eliott Albee of San Francisco; his sisters in-law Carlotta Vallerga and Linda Walling of Windsor; his nieces Teresa (Steve) Brooks of Healdsburg, Jeanne (Jeff) Dyche of Santa Rosa, Marci (Bruce) Dyche of Windsor, Marta (Howard) Holcomb; and nephews Milt (Martha) Albee of Benbow, David (Deedee) Vallerga of Arcata and Todd Walling of Santa Rosa; and special life-long friends Lee Roy Armstrong of Eureka and Elinor Lingard of Eureka.
Gary was a lifelong resident of Eureka and graduated from Eureka Senior High School in 1954. In 1961, he served in the military during the Cuban Missile Crisis and spent one-year in the local 250th Army Reserve while stationed in Tacoma, Washington.
Involved with the grocery business his entire working life, Gary worked for his Aunt Mabel Albee during high school at Albee & Buck. After high school, he worked at Cannam’s stores, Kacy’s Market and other local grocery stores. In 1968, Gary and Janice purchased C&V Market, for which they ran for many years. When he retired at age 71, Gary was a salesman for CoreMark.
He enjoyed camping trips with his family and often spent time at Benbow, Fort Bragg and on the Oregon coast during the summer months. In retirement he was a volunteer at the Clarke Museum and also served on its board of directors for many years. He especially enjoyed visiting with guests of the museum and sharing stories of life in Eureka. As a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, he attended several of their meetings each year.
During their marriage, Gary and Janice enjoyed each other’s company and often participated in many local events,
The family would like to thank Hospice of Humboldt for the care they provided to Gary in his final months, especially nurses Lee Ann and Sadie.
Services for Gary will be held November 5, at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 819 W. 15th Street, Eureka, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of Humboldt, the Clarke Museum or a charity of your choice.
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