Remembering Lee\n\n \n\nLee was born in West Unity, Ohio and he was the baby of the family. He had two sisters, Wilma and Jean and a brother, Illtred. He pursued Miss Bette Jayne Bowlus "BJ" and she promised to marry him if he would take her to California. That was 69 years ago and their deep love for one another never wavered.\n\nLee is survived by his wife, BJ, his first child, Barbara, and her husband, Michael. He and BJ had two other children, William, who died in infancy and Kimberly, who lived until she was 40 years old. Lee and Kimberly had a special bond and they developed their own language by reversing words at great speed and only the two of them understood what was being said. \n\nDuring his 92 years, Lee shared his love, humor and friendship with everyone and had abundant friends. His homes always included Boxers. There were several Bibbi's, a Denka and Tory. Tory was the bright one. He was Lee's shop dog when he had his own business. Tory knew that BJ did not work on Saturdays and balked at going to work with Lee. Lee would bribe him by taking him through Jack in the Box for a hamburger with secret sauce. [All the Bibbi's were sweet girls. Denka was the bad boy hard to control and a little destructive but a favorite of Lee's none the less.]\n\nLee's careers were diversified. He was a U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot during World War II and Korea. [He flew Corsairs in WW II and Panther Jets in Korea.] Before he went to Korea, he had a picture taken of his family to carry with him. He had BJ and Barbara pose as peasants in front of his mother- in-law's depilated chicken coop so if he were captured he would not appear imperialistic. After Korea, Lee became a police officer with the City of Pomona. They assigned him a motorcycle and on the second day he hit a curb and was airborne, landing in the neighbor's yard -- he couldn't get flying out of his blood. While with the department, he received his Master's Degree from UCLA. BJ felt a cop's life was too dangerous and Lee became a teacher and taught elementary school for a couple of years. Understandably, Lee found that really boring. His brother-in-law asked him to partner with him in his office machine business. Shortly thereafter, his brother-in-law passed leaving the business to Lee. Lee very much enjoyed owning his own business and had General Motors and Universal Studios as clients, [in addition, he had many interesting Hollywood writers as clients and they would hang out in his shop and shoot the breeze.] He and BJ were both very artistic. BJ would make designs for Lee's stained glass work and together they produced two windows for their church in Chatsworth.\n\nIn 2006, Lee and BJ moved to Saddlebrooke to be near family and they made many great friends and were extremely happy. At 83 years young, Lee purchased his yellow Corvette and it suited him well. Lee was a loving man who will be deeply missed by each of us.\n\nOn March 21, 2015, Lee made his final takeoff, skyward, into the blue, faster and higher than he had ever flown before.... carried on the wings of angels.