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James E. Lenon Jr.


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
JAMES E. LENON, JR.
LTC - U.S. Army (Ret)

James passed away on September 20, 2017 at the Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA. James was 91 at the time of his passing.
James was born on March 26, 1926, in Blackfoot, Idaho to James and Myrtle Lenon. James met the love of his life, Helen, when she was working at a movie theatre in Pocatello. In 1948 the couple eloped to Elko, Nevada where they were married.
James proudly served his country in the Army for 23 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in both WWII and Korea. James was decorated for his service with a Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, a Silver Star, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one Silver Service Star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, five Overseas Bars, Combat Infantryman Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Marksman Badge, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.
James was a licensed Real Estate Broker practicing for 45 years selling new homes, resale residential property and land. During his real estate career he was the owner/broker of J. Lenon Realty located in Diamond Bar, CA.
James was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and hiking. At the modest age of 75 he, along with his son, Jim, and son-in-law Larry, hiked Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower forty-eight states. While stationed in Japan with the Army, James would train his soldiers and climb Mt. Fuji.
James was a 40 year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks- Riverside Lodge #643; a member of the Santa Ana/El Toro Chapter #250 of the National Sojourners; a member of the El Bekal Shriners; a Master Mason of over 65 years and member of Anaheim Lodge #207 and Grand Lodge of Georgia - Ft. Benning Lodge # 579. James was also a lifetime member of the NRA and a tribal member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Blackfoot, Idaho.
James is predeceased in death by his beloved wife, Helen, and is survived by his daughters Lacy (Tom), Debbie (Larry) and son, Jim (Carol), along with 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 10am-12 noon followed by funeral services at 12:00 noon in the "Chapel of the Chimes" at the Akes Family Funeral Home. Graveside service will immediately follow at the Riverside National Cemetery at 2:00p.m. Staging area number 5.
The family is thankful for all the assistance given by friends and staff at Brookdale Senior Living.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of James E. Lenon, Jr. to the National Sojourners, Chapter 250. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 28, 2017
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