Robert Harding Lee, 89, of Devon, Chester County, passed away Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014, in his home.
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He was born May 10, 1925, in Essex, Conn., the only child of Clarence and Hazel Harding Lee.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II and was honorably discharged as a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with bronze service stars, Distinguished Unit Badge and a Bronze Medal.
Mr. Lee was a graduate of the University of Michigan and retired from Crabtree and Lee in Connecticut and the state of New Jersey, where he was an architect.
He also served as president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.
A Mayflower descendent and an avid traveler, Mr. Lee traveled worldwide, seeing and studying architectural design.
His wife of 62 years, Mary Jane McWhorter Lee, whom he met on a blind date while they both attended the University of Michigan and married June 28, 1952, survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children, Robert H. Lee Jr. and wife Norma of Tallahassee, Fla., Susan Guenzer and husband Philip of Malvern, Virginia Katherine Pearo, wife of the late John of Phoenixville, Cathleen Elizabeth Garrett and husband Jeff of Pottstown, Mark McWhorter and longtime companion Robin Basile of Burgettstown and James E. McWhorter III and wife Yasmin Abadian of Potomac, Md.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m., the time of services, Sunday, July 20, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Interment will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery, Burgettstown.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Lee's memory, to Burgettstown Area Senior Citizens Association, 200 Senior Way, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
LEE & MARTIN FUNERAL HOME
73 HIGHLAND AVE BURGETTSTOWN, PA 15021
Published in Observer-Reporter from July 17 to July 18, 2014