Vernon Richard (Dick) Lee

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VERNON RICHARD (DICK) LEE 1/3/1930 - 5/2/2014 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend left his earthly bounds to touch the face of God on May 2, 2014. He slipped away peacefully with his family by his side, and is now at rest in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. Born on January 3, 1930 in Upland, California, Dick developed a fascination with airplanes beginning early in childhood and continuing throughout his life, directing both his career and hobbies. He began flying lessons as a teenager and embarked on his first solo flight at age 16. At 18 he became a flight instructor, based at Ontario Airport when it was still a small airstrip surrounded by vineyards and citrus groves. He worked in aircraft assembly at Lockheed in Burbank from 1949 to 1950, and served proudly as a fighter pilot and trainer in the USAF from 1951 until retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. Although the USAF moved him around the country and overseas, upon retirement he relocated his family to Apple Valley, California, where he furthered his love of flying by building two airplanes: a Pitts Special and a Van's RV-4. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, the mother of his three children, Rowena; his brothers William and Robert; and his sister Virginia. He leaves behind his second wife of 14 years, Edy Byrne Lee; daughter Tracy; sons Randy and Robin; daughters-in-law Nancy and Joanne; grandchildren Kelley (Jason), Trevor (Carmen), Corbin, Amarie, Fiona, Davis, Patricia, and James; great-grandchildren Tyler, Olivia, Adam, Stella, Harvey and Eleanor; stepchildren Laury (Duncan), and Marty (Kellie); step-grand- children Zak, Shannah, Gary, Heather (Darrell), Josh (Jessica), and Joey (Amanda); and step-great-grandchildren Cayden, Sommer, and Haven. Dick was a long-standing member of Church of the Valley in Apple Valley, where his memorial service will be held on May 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM. His family wishes to thank the staff at Sterling Commons in Victorville for the unwavering kindness and utmost care given him in his last few months. In lieu of flowers, they request donations be made to the (alz.org).
Published in the Daily Press from May 18 to May 19, 2014
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