Kenai resident Junior Clarence Lee died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 78.
Services will be held in the spring at the Sitka National Cemetery.
Mr. Lee was born May 28, 1925, in Portland, Ore. On June 16, 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 20,1946. He then homesteaded in Happy Valley from 1946 to 1949, where he was the first soldier to homestead there. He worked for the Ironworker Local 751 of Anchorage and also Local 20 of Portland. He also was self employed, working in a welding shop from 1967 to 1987.
During these years, he created custom spiral stairs and wrought iron railings.
Besides Happy Valley, Mr. Lee also lived in Seward for a short time and in Sitka for several years before moving to Kenai in 2001.
Mr. Lee also was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 1909 of Ranier, Ore.
"He was a dedicated husband and father, who loved his entire family very much, and we will all miss him greatly," his family said.
Mr. Lee was preceded in death by a son, Jason, in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Rae Lee of Kenai; sons, Trent Lee of Anchor Point, Marcus Lee of Sitka and Rodney Lee of Homer; daughters, Lucinda Owens of Kenai and Sandra Peavey of Thorne Bay; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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