Lee H. Matoush Jr. passed away on February 23, 2014 surrounded by his devoted family.
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Lee was born on November 20, 1928 in Julesburg, Colorado to Lee and Clara Matoush. He graduated from Julesburg High School in 1946 and served in the United States Marine Corps from summer 1946 until honorable discharged late 1948.
After having enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve in November, 1948 he was ordered to report to active duty at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California in November 1950. In between this time, he attended the Milwaukee School of Mining in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started to work for Mountain States Telephone.
In December, 1951 Lee received the Purple Heart Medal Award for wounds received as a result of enemy action in Korea on September 13, 1951. He was released from active duty in January, 1952 and honorably discharged in July, 1953 from the United States Reserve Marine Corps.
Lee was a devoted father and husband whose faith and family was always first and foremost in his heart. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lola Bruner Matoush, whom he married on March 20, 1953. Together they raised 2 children, Lee A. (Cynthia) Matoush and Gloria (Dale) Snedaker. He is also survived by his brother, Lyle (Jime) Matoush and a sister Phillis Warner, 7 grandchildren, Ronald (Cynthia) Snedaker, Michael (Linda) Matoush, Jennifer (Michael) Pettee, Christopher Matoush, Angela (Ryan) Green, Nathan and Ryan Matoush, 7 great grandchildren and a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Lee continued working for Mountain States Telephone, U.S. West and Qwest over the next 33 years from 1952 through 1984. Lee was a long-time resident of Colorado Springs for over 50 years. Since his retirement from the Bell System, he enjoyed his retirement with his wife Lola, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO. Followed by a second service at 2:15 p.m., Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 2, 2014