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Leroy J. "Lee" Zoll

1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
June 12, 1923 - March 14, 2014 Former Vacaville resident LeRoy J ("Lee") Zoll passed away peacefully on March 14, 2014, surrounded by family, in Modesto. Lee was born in Youngstown, OH, on June 12, 1923, to Joseph and May Zoll. At age 17 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1941 he enlisted in the US Navy and was assigned to duty in Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Lee was the Radioman on Watch during the Japanese bombings of Dutch Harbor in June 1942.

He married Viola ("Vi") Davis on March 2, 1948. He later enlisted in the Army-Air Force, then the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. His numerous medals included the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. After a distinguished career in military intelligence, he retired in 1964, settling in the San Mateo area.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, camper, woodworker, and gardener. A true adventurer, in 1973 Lee and Vi climbed Mount Whitney. They lived in Vacaville from 1994-2006, before moving to Modesto. A gifted writer, Lee wrote a book about his WWII service entitled Wartime Tales of the Aleutian Islands. He had a keen interest in military history, model trains, playing piano and harmonica. A patriot to the core, Lee was active in the Vacaville VFW. Ever curious, he continued learning new things throughout his life. He is survived by wife Viola, children Dorene Klatt; Sharon Vaudrin-Letterman, Lea Kachler-Leake; and Charles Davis, as well as seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for March 31st at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in The Reporter on Mar. 25, 2014
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