R. Lee Erwin, 85, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Scottsdale, AZ. Lee was born on January 12, 1927, in Holdenville, OK, to Agnes and Robert Lee Erwin Sr.
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U.S. Army Veteran R. Lee Erwin served as a radio operator in China from 1945 to 1946 under General Marshall. Lee was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. Lee retired from the U.S. Border Patrol as the Station Senior of the Yuma Sector. He graduated in 1945 from Yuma High School. During Kennedy's presidential term he was appointed as a U.S. Marshall. Lee enjoyed outdoor activities and visiting with friends.
Lee is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kathryn; sons, R. Lee III (Morna) from Knoxville, TN, and Kevin (Kelli) of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Bonnie Hall (Dave) of Scottsdale, AZ; grandsons, R.L. IV of Oakridge, TN, Campbell, Miles, Griffin, Roan of San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond J.
Viewing will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Johnson Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Johnson Mortuary, Pastor Phil Kreuger will officiate. His final resting place will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be his brothers from the U.S. Border Patrol and his grandson, R.L. Erwin
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Thacher, Dwight Nelson, Ed Hovatter, Frank Townsend, and John Peach.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Yuma in his name.
Published in The Yuma Sun on Dec. 5, 2012