Lon Gee

  • Born: September 16, 1920
  • Died: September 30, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lon Gee, an Austin resident for many years, died September 30, 2018.

Lon was born September 16, 1920 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the son of L.E. and Maggie (Temples) Gee. He was the youngest of ten children.

He enrolled in the University of Texas in September 1937, when he was not yet 17 years old, and attended for 3 years. He later graduated from Texas Christian University after 2 years of night school in 1955-56. He was selected to attend graduate school at the University of Texas in 1958-1959, graduating with honors as a Master of Business Administration.

On June 8, 1941, Lon married Nell Choate, the love of his life, and that marriage continued for more than 77 years, and would have continued forever if death had not intervened. A few months after that marriage, World War II erupted, and their lives were forever changed.

In 1942, Lon entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, and continued in the Air Force, for a career of 28 years. He served in Texas, California, Mississippi, and Alabama; and also two years on Okinawa, two years in England, and a short tour in Tripoli, Libya.

Lon flew as a Navigator on a B-17 over Germany in World War II. He was fortunate to escape any harm. For a number of years after the War he flew on a B-36, the huge 10-engine bomber. In the 1950s, this was the only plane big enough to carry the new H-Bombs of that era. He spent the spring of 1953 on Eniwetok and Bikini, on Project Castle, which was testing the new thermonuclear weapons.

His last 12 years of service were spent in the college education field, serving as AFROTC Commandant at Mississippi State University, and later in coordinating the ROTC program nationwide from Air University Headquarters.

Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1970, Lon served a second career with Texas State Health Department for 13 years. He finally retired permanently in 1983.

In retirement, he kept busy as a volunteer, first at Recording For The Blind, and later for almost 20 years as a Volunteer Tax Advisor for AARP, helping low-income and elderly people with their income tax problems.

Lon enjoyed good health for many years in retirement. He played tennis regularly until age 91, usually with more enthusiasm than skill. (He wrote this obit himself several years ago). Lon and Nell made many life- long friends on the tennis court.

Lon is survived by his wife, Nell Gee, and sons Michael Gee (Belinda) of California and Alan Gee (Janice) of Austin; grandchildren are Sara and Daniel Gee (Heather) of Austin, Jason Gee (Samantha) of Houston, and Jonathan and Kyle Gee of California; great grandchildren are Finn and June of Austin.

A private family service is pending.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I regretted reading the obituary of Lon Gee. We were good friends at The Courtyard during our tennis playing days. It was, "Who would he ask to play in a tournament -- Millie Dalrymple (my very best friend) or Cathy Turpin? Those were the days! He was smart, polite, funny, fair, and outgoing. My husband, Bill, said he was the most pleasant person he ever knew.

Our sympathy to the Gee family,

Cathy Turpin

Posted by Catherine Turpin - Georgetown, TX - Friend   October 10, 2018


Nell I worked at Far West HEB from 2000 until 2011 at the demo table. I talked with you almost daily and I remember so fondly your sincere sweetness. Sometimes your husband would be shopping with you. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Donna Wynn - Bastrop, TX - Friend   October 07, 2018

One of the finest gentlemen I have had the pleasure of knowing. He would instantly bring a smile to anyone he happened to be associated with. His quick whit matched his consistency of loving life and appreciating family and friendships. All of us with the "Gee Tennis Group" will continue to play on with fond memories.

Posted by Bob & Cindy Richards - Spicewood, TX - Friend   October 07, 2018

My condolences to Nell and Alan and all of the rest of his family. Made me smile to think of him once again seeing Wayne and Christine, Estelle, Daisy, Jesse, and his mother along with many others. I'm sure he and Samuel Gee have much to discuss! What a sweetheart Lon was. He will so be missed. It was a 98 year great run!

Posted by Sally England    October 04, 2018

A sweet Uncle along with Aunt Nell to me and my family. Always so friendly and welcoming at family gatherings. I have read his book "Samuel Gee and His Descendants" many, many times. And the sweet local TV news report on Valentines day last year about Lon and Nell's unwavering love for many years was so inspirational. Uncle Lon helped make me so proud to be a Gee. Tremendous research went into the writing of his book. I wish comfort, my prayers go out to Nell, their two sons and their families at this time.
-Richard, Karen Ricky and Sarah Gee, Coppell, TX Oct 04, 2018

Posted by Richard Gee - Coppell, TX - Family   October 04, 2018

During our many years of playing tennis, Lon always referred to me as "junior." His prowess on the courts cost me many pitchers of beer afterward. But the price was well worth knowing such a caring and giving gentleman. He and Nell, ever the gracious hosts at suppers, were indeed the match made in Heaven. Game, set, and match, Lon.

Posted by Bob Cargill - Georgetown, TX   October 02, 2018

The Gideons of Corpus Christi send their sincerest condolences to Nell and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Elizabeth, Jim & Amy Gideon - Corpus Christi, TX - Family   October 02, 2018

We're sadden to learn Lon's earthly journey is ended, yet know his spirit has moved to the AD Court.

Posted by Charlie & Anne Whidden - Spicewood, TX - Friend   October 02, 2018

I was privileged to be a junior member of Lon's "coffee club" formed by ex-tennis players, including my father. I will miss his gentle manner and wonderful sense of humor. He was a wonderful man.

Posted by Richard Swanson - Marble Falls, TX - Friend   October 02, 2018

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