Lonzo Lee O'Kelley, the son of the late Otto and Annabelle O'Kelley, entered this world Aug. 27, 1932, in Cushing, Okla., and said his final farewell Nov. 11, 2013. |
A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, Lee began his military journey in Texas, serving at both Lackland and Sheppard AFB when he met his future wife and mother of his six children, Mildred Rutledge.
The Air Force took him to many different stateside and overseas locations - during which time, three children were brought into the world - before bringing him back to the United States to stay for good.
He experimented in many different carriers throughout the next few years, delivering another three children in the meantime, before going north to Alaska where he was considered a pioneer truck driver delivering one of the first loads of pipe that build the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
After bouncing back and forth between Alaska and Oklahoma, he finally decided that Alaska was where he belonged. Many changes brought him together with his second wife, Darlene Brown, who he spent the last years of his married life with. They enjoyed many nights running the Fox Roadhouse and traveling the states, mostly Las Vegas, Nev.
Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Brown O'Kelley; his parents, Otto and Annabelle O'Kelley; his son, Michael Derek O'Kelley; brothers, Bruce and Wayne O'Kelley; and his grandson, Jerry O'Kelley.
He is survived by his former wife and mother of their children, Mildred Frances O'Kelley; children, Lonnie Lynne Hanley, Larry Lee O'Kelley, Sean Eric O'Kelley, Stacey Lance O'Kelley and Shannon Leah O'Kelley-Ault; grandchildren, Morgan, Ericka, Audra, Charles, Jason, Jackie, Seana, Michael Derek, Heather, Larry Lee, Staci Lynne, Kayla, Chayne, Kelsey, Crysta, Devon, Conor, and Skye; and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by the Brown family, including his beloved granddaughters, Farah and Jillian "Jellybean."
He will be missed by so many family as well as a great number of friends. Rest in peace, Lee. Heaven is getting a wonderful man.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 16, 2013