Dr. Richard H. Lee, Jr.

December 3, 1921 ~ July 31, 2011

Dr. Richard Heath Lee, Jr., 89, of Lake Charles, LA died at 5:30 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Dr. Lee was born December 3, 1921 in Ashland, LA and has lived in Lake Charles for the past fifty-five years. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific and installed early Loran Radio Stations in the islands in the South Pacific. He was a graduate of Ashland High School, attended Stephen F. Austin University, Northwestern University, and University of Northern Colorado, where he received his EdD. Dr. Lee worked as a teacher at Lake Charles High School and later as a principal at Central School and Fairview Elementary, where he retired in 1980. He also worked at McNeese State University, where he taught Business Statistics for several years. A member of St. Michael and All Angel's Episcopal Church, Dr. Lee also enjoyed woodworking, genealogy, and writing family biographies. He will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband.

Dr. Lee is survived by his son, Richard H. "Rick" Lee, III of Lake Charles; brother, Nolan Lee of Dallas, TX; sisters, Adelle Flenniken and Sarah Price of Natchitoches, LA; granddaughter, Jennifer Jane Lee of Lake Charles; dear friends Mike and Marylane Seago, and their children, Hannah, Ethan, and Evan Seago, and Katie Barrow.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. LaJuana W. Lee; parents, Richard Heath Lee, Sr. and Agnes Lee; and sister, Carolyn Lee.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Father Peter Cook will officiate. Graveside service will be at 3:00 PM on Tuesday at Highland Cemetery in Mansfield, LA. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and continue on Tuesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to the LaJuana W. Lee Memorial Scholarship at McNeese State University or St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

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  1. He was a very special person who did some much in life, and put his history on paper.I enjoyed the talks at the kitchen table, and other things that we did. He did things his way, and that wasprecious to see him do at his age. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. I am not able to be there dueto health problems. I will say a prayer for everyone there.

  2. I was 6 years old in 1962. I went to Central school one day without my homework. I was sent to Mr. Lee, fearing the worst. Instead, he talked to me very calmly, as if I were an adult. He explained to me the importance of always being prepared. I have lived his advice for the last 49 years. He was my first and best role model ever in my life.

  3. Mr Lee was my Geometry teacher in 1961 at Lake Charles High. A very patient man…A quiet voice and a great mind. God rest his soul.

  4. Mr. Lee was my teacher at LCHS for Algebra and Geometry. A great teacher, and a very patient and kind man. He made Geometry make sense…thus one of my favorite math subjects. Thanks, Mr. Lee!

  5. My sincere condolences to Rick, Nolan, Adelle, Sarah and granddaughter, Jennifer. I had many wonderful visits in Lake Charles with Richard and he was always a gracious host and family story teller. I will always remember our trips down to The Camp and his passion for genealogy. He will always be in my heart.

  6. My thoughts prayers are with Mike and Marylane Seago, and their children, Hannah, Ethan, and Evan Seago, and Katie Barrow. During the loss of a close friend(( aka family member to you and everyone that knew Mr. Lee when he was with you and your family )). He will truly be missed. We love you,The Thibodeaux's

  7. Oh how sorry I was to read of Richard's passing. He was such a wonderful man. But I know that LaJuana was happy to greet him at heaven's door! I hope that you are comforted by that image.

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