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Lon Gee

Obituary for Lon Gee

September 16, 1920 - September 30, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 98

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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.

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