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Ernest L. Lee

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Ernest L. Lee

Phoenix - It's with great sadness we announce that our beloved father, Ernest L. Lee, age 92, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2018 at home.

Ernest, born on February 23, 1926 in Pueblo, Colorado; joins his loving wife, Patricia A. Lee; parents, Ernest E. and Maybelle L. Lee who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son; Kevin Lee: step-children; Teri Scott, Rebecca DeVere (Roy), and Paul Barnett: grandchildren; Alana, Rosemarie and John: great-grandchildren; Donte, Tiana, Tristan and Jayden.

Ernest served in the US Air Force during the Korean War until 1952. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Silver Cliff CO until relocating to Arizona in 1962. He last worked for the State of Arizona in Disability Determination Services until his retirement in 1988.

Ernie met Patricia at a church singles dance in 1978 and later married on May 3, 1979. Sharing a love of jazz they often followed their favorite local musicians around Phoenix. He enjoyed dancing and last minute trips but not as much as catching a Colorado Rockies or Diamondbacks game whenever possible.

He cherished the time spent with Pat and family, giving hugs whenever his little buddy, Mojo, allowed it and always advised us to "be careful out there" meaning I love you. Dad may not have said it often but we knew he loved us all unconditionally. There was rarely a harsh word spoken about or to anyone, even when we deserved it and he spoke with pride when talking about his family to those he met.

In keeping with their wishes, there will be a private ceremony for Ernest and Patricia at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix and a celebration of life is being planned to be held in the Spring of 2019 at Sahuaro Ranch Park. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in his honor to Wreaths Across America or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 4, 2018
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