William Lee, 62 - March 16, 2013William “Bill” Lee, 62, of Cozad passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Clarkson in Omaha.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad with the Rev. J.C. Calhoun officiating. There will be no inurnment.
Visitation for memorial book signatures will be held on Tuesday, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Lee was born Oct. 10, 1950, at St. Joseph, MO, to William and Lena (McVay) Lee. At a young age, Bill’s family moved to the Stockton, CA, area where he graduated from high school.
Following his graduation, Lee enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. Following his discharge from the service, he moved to Colorado.
On July 22, 1971, he married Twila Pacheco at Elko, NV. He and his family made their home in Colorado where he worked as a cook at a ski resort. He eventually took a job in trucking and did that for several years before moving to Cozad in 1990 to work at Paulsen Inc as a heavy equipment mechanic. He also enjoyed doing seasonal trucking work for local farmers.
Lee loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he could, the family said. His primary focus in life was always his family. It was important to him that he always make time to bond with his kids doing the things that they enjoyed, like working on their demolition derby cars, the family said. As a proud grandparent of 14, it was a high priority for him to spend time with his grandkids, offering them guidance whenever he could.
Lee was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers—Jesse and Norman; two sisters—Janet and Jarene “Kay”; two nephews—Albert and Roger; and a niece, Anna.
Survivors include: his wife, Twila Lee of Cozad; four sons—Travis (Candi) Lee, Justin Lee, Jeremy (Jennifer) Lee and David (Crista) Lee, all of Cozad; daughter, Dayna (Israel) Barrios of Merced, CA; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in his memory.