Bill Lee, 86, died peacefully in Lakeview on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, with his lifelong love, Lois Jean Lee née Duke at his side. A Medford resident, Bill Lee attended the Centennial Celebration and his last Round-Up.
Bill was born the fifth of six children to James A. and Alice Lee in Broken Bow, Okla. Aug. 8, 1933. The family moved to Lakeview where he met his future bride in 1947.
Bill and Lois were married March 27, 1953 and, after he was medically discharged from the U.S. Army, initially made their home and began raising their four children in Lakeview, where Bill eventually went to work for the Lakeview Police Department. His law enforcement career next led the family to Mendocino County, Calif. where he worked for and retired from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department.
Never having learned to slow down, after retirement he and Lois moved to Medford and became partners with his brother, Cloe and wife, JoAnne in Christian’s Market for several years. They then returned to Mendocino County where Bill operated his own private investigation company for many years. Returning to Oregon in 2000, Bill next worked in the security field, finally deciding in 2018 that he had worked long enough and could give retirement his full attention.
Bill was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, D.N., James Jr. and Cloe; and sister, Mary.
Bill is loved, missed and survived by: wife, Lois; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Saundra Lee and Joe and Leslie Lee; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Don Hoskisson and Sue and Dave Mathistad; brother, Richmond “Rick” Lee; grandchildren and spouses, Erik Mathistad, Erika and Isaac Wine, Brittney and Ben Bailey, Ross and Jill Lee, Katie and Chris Buich, Amanda and Casey O’Hara, Gabriel Lee, Lily Lee, Tristan Lee and Mya and Dallas Cluff; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous friends; and extended family.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Lozier Lane Baptist Church, 794 Lozier Ln., Medford on Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Lozier Lane Baptist Church in Bill’s name.