Howard Vincent Lee, 85, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019. He was born in New York City to the late Howard and Beatrice Lee and was also predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean M. Lee.
Howard was a faith-filled man of God, always generous and humble. A true role model, he always demonstrated how to be kind, generous and to show humility. He was a good and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be sorely missed and remembered dearly.
Howard retired after 20 years as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, having earned the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. He then worked for another 20 years for the City of Virginia Beach, where he retired as superintendent of grounds maintenance. Howard was a longtime member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and the Medal of Honor Society.
His memory will be cherished by his children, Edward J. Lee (Rose) of Norfolk, Linda M. Dowty (Mike) of Navarre Beach, Florida, Michael J. Lee (Shawn) of San Diego, California, and Laura L. Willey (Rick) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Jennifer Dowty (Dan Wholey), Ryan Lee (Gina Xenakis), Jordan Weaver (Adam), Kate Lee, Jack Lee, Paige Lee, Cooper Willey, Ian Willey and Megan Willey; great-grandchildren, Piper Weaver, Poppy Weaver, Julian Howard Lee and Elliott Lee; sister, Dawn Flittie; along with extended relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 29, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park, where military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Marine Corps.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JT’s Camp Grom, YMCA of South Hampton Roads.
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