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Lewis W. Lee
Funeral services were held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in downtown Modesto for Lewis William Lee, 78, of the Ceres-Modesto area. He died Dec. 3, 2008.

Burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Salas Brothers.

Born in Modesto on Feb. 4, 1930, Lewis attended Fairview School west of Ceres and graduated from Modesto High School in 1948. He served in the Navy during the Korean War as gunner's mate, second class, aboard the U.S.S. McDermott. The Lee family has farmed continuously on Vivian Road in rural Modesto since 1915. Lewis was a lifelong farmer who farmed with twin brother Leslie Lee, until his passing in 1990. They operated a Grade A Registered Holstein dairy farm, and farmed peaches, almonds, walnuts, hay, and corn. Up until his death, Mr. Lee farmed with son Jeff Lee. He attended First Baptist Church and was a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and Blue Diamond Growers. He was recently honored as a veteran by the Modesto Rotary Club.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Gloria Lee of Modesto; his children, Jeff Lee, and Ross Lee; two brothers, Dwight Lee of Paso Robles and Dan Lee of Bakersfield; two sisters, Sydney Sears of Rancho Mirage and Shirley Lindsay of Modesto; and two granddaughters, Jenna Rose Lee and Caroline Lee, all of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Wilda Lee, and his brother, Leslie Henry Lee.

Remembrances may be sent in Lewis's honor to the Modesto Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 1203, Modesto, 95353; or to Youth for Christ, 937 Coffee Road, Suite 5, Modesto, CA 95355.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /Dec.. 10, 2008