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LEROY WATTERS Passed away April 7, at age 88. "Lee" was born in 1924 on his family farm near Des Moines, IA, to Thomas and Cleone Watters. During high school, Lee was a "star athlete"; his favorite sports being football, boxing, basketball, and track. It was during this time that Lee met his future wife, Jacqueline Fearing, daughter of the sports-loving Superintendent of Schools. Lee became a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. His active duty military career came to an end in 1944, however, when a P-38 aircraft he was ferrying caught fire and exploded at low altitude. Incredibly, he returned to flying status as a fighter pilot in the Air National Guard until 1960, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. After graduating from Drake University in 1949 with his degree in Psychology, Lee married Jacqueline. They moved to Michigan, where he worked as a Junior High School counselor and athletic coach, while starting a family and completing his Master's Degree in Education. The Watters family moved to Riverside, CA in 1956, where Lee continued working as a teacher and counselor at Riverside Poly High School. Lee was asked to join the faculty of John W. North High School when it opened in 1965. He became a Professor of Psychology at Riverside City College in 1966, where he concluded his career, retiring in 1984. During his retirement, Lee enjoyed his friends at the local Elks Club, spending time on his boat in Dana Point, flying ultralight aircraft, and taking trips with Jackie to visit friends and family. Keeping in Lee's love for adventure, he surprised everyone by sky diving for his 84th birthday! Lee is survived by his children, Rev. Linda Stransky (Chilhowie, VA), Paul Watters (Charlotte, NC), and Laura Risinger (Las Cruces, NM), 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He shall be fondly remembered by his family, the countless students he helped, and the many friends he loved. Memorials in Lee's honor may be sent to his favorite charity, Project Crossroads, 136 Snider Branch Rd., Marion, VA, 24354.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 19, 2013
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