COMANCHE— Roland Bruce Lee, 86, passed away Monday, December 7, 2009, at his home. A graveside service with military honors will be held  at 3 p.m. today at the Clairette Cemetery in Erath County, with Harold Higginbotham and Harold Roan officiating. There will be no family visitation.

Roland was born June 12, 1923 in Clairette to Homer and Jessie Myrtle (Johnson) Lee. He attended and graduated high school in Alexander, excelling in basketball. He worked on the farm for a year before serving in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. As an aviation cadet he trained in B17s and B29s and was stationed in 17 bases. He served from January 1943 to December 1945. Following the military service he was employed by Western Electric. Roland met Patsy Meador in Hico and they were married October 7, 1950. He was soon employed by Shell Oil Company and moved to Denver City, where they lived for nine years. The remainder of their time with Shell was completed in McCamey. Roland retired after 35 years with Shell and moved to Comanche to live the next 24 years. Roland loved to vacation in Colorado, planning as much free time there as possible. He was a rather quiet person, being well read particularly in poetry, astronomy and about NASA. He even built his own telescope. After moving to Comanche, Roland took up gardening and did an excellent job.

Roland is survived by his wife of 59 years Patsy Lee; daughter Donna Cage; son Roland Bruce Lee, Jr.; grandsons, Roland Bruce Lee III and Jessie Travis Cage; granddaughters, Melissa Wilks and Amanda Watts; great-grandson Jonathen Wilks; sister Betty Landes; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Homer and Jessie Lee; two brothers and one sister.

Memorials in Roland Bruce Lee's name should be made to the charity of the givers choice.

Published December 9, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune