Bernard Lee ‘Lee’ McCarthy


Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2006


  Bernard Lee 'Lee' McCarthy

Bernard Lee 'Lee' McCarthy

Kenai resident Bernard Lee “Lee” McCarthy died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, from complication of diabetes surrounded by his family at his home. He was 66.

A celebration of his life with full military honors will be held at a later date when his ashes will be scattered.

Mr. McCarthy was born May 23, 1940, in Los Angeles, Calif. He attended and graduated from Myrna Lowe High School in Venice Beach, Calif. He entered into the United States Army in 1957 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the Army as a decorated Staff Sgt. in 1978 after more than 20 years of service. From 1981 to 1990 he worked for the Civil Services in Fort Lewis, Wash. He then moved to Kenai in 1990 and worked for Guardian Security until 1996. He was a member of the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ in Soldotna. He enjoyed shooting, hunting, fishing, camping and CB radio.

“Duty, honor, country, family, a patriot who lived his life guided by these words. A strong proud, yet humble man, loved by many, liked by most, respected by all. His love and devotion to his family and his country never wavered. A wonderful, loving, loyal husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Though his body failed him, his spirit never weakened, his faith only strengthened,” the family said.

Mr. McCarthy was preceded in death by his parents, James Patrick and Hazelle Mae (Mitchell) McCarthy; and brother, James H. McCarthy.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marie McCarthy of Kenai; sons, Patrick and his wife, Gail McCarthy of Nikiski and Donald McCarthy of Kenai; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Darryl Wiley of Tacoma, Wash. and Cynthia and Jamie Wade of Solomons, Md.; brother, Jerry McCarthy of Oxnard, Calif.; grandchildren, James and Jonathon McCarthy, Janet Skaggs, Julie Spencer, Stephanie and Shane Wiley, and Elizabet and Edward Wade; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews including, Janet McDonald of Kenai and Michele, James and Moira McCarthy, of California.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to any veterans organization of the donors choice.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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