William “Ron” Lee

William "Ron" Lee

W Ron Lee Memorial
Time: Jan 16, 2021 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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William Ronald Lee Sr. (Ron), was born on February 26, 1947 in Huntsville, Texas. His father, Willie Rembert Lee (Bill), and mother, Tula Marie Taylor Lee (Marie), soon moved the family to Bryan/College Station to raise their kids on a farm. There he grew a deep love for the Texas A&M Aggies. Farm life did not suit him, but football did. Ron attended Kilgore Jr. College for a semester after high school, but when a football injury sidelined his playing aspirations he opened a photography studio in Kilgore, Texas.

Responding to an ad in a photography journal for a photographer position brought him to Lubbock in 1975. That December in Amarillo, he met the love of his life and future wife, Diane, on a blind date. Amarillo then became his permanent home with her.

Life as staff photographer lacked the freedom to shoot the art he enjoyed the most, so in 1978 Ron joined the Pantex team as a sampling technician in the Industrial Hygiene Department. To say the work suited him would be an understatement. He had found his calling at Pantex for the next 42 years. A true patriot, he took great pride in his work and was soon promoted to supervisor. This success, along with encouragement from his wife, led him back to college and in 1993, he graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelors degree. Later, he returned to WT for his Master’s degree in Engineering Technology.

Ron served as a process engineer at Pantex and was instrumental in several programs while mentoring countless other engineers and employees. One of his proudest moments came in 2019 when Pantex made a program challenge coin to honor the W84 program. One side featured the signet of the W84, other side….his very own likeness. It was the first time Pantex honored someone in this way. Such was his legacy at Pantex.

He enjoyed fellowship with family and friends. A close friend said it best when he said, “[Ron] was a great golf and drinking buddy, one of the most honest guys I’ve ever met, great hand on a grill, and a great wine aficionado.” He said, “I still remember when, as a goof, we had a party with a blind wine tasting, trying to guess the varietal, and Ron nailed every damn one of them!”

Ron Lee died January 11, 2021 after a brave fight with Covid-19. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Rembert Lee and Tula Marie Taylor Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Webster Lee; daughter Kaytlin Lee; son, William Ronald Lee II and his wife, Megan, and their children, Anna, Rain, and Shepherd. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Lee Dowling; brother, Kenneth Earl Lee; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 16 at First Presbyterian Church. Ron deeply loved his family, especially his grandchildren, so in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to his grandchildren’s college fund. A benefit account has been set up at Happy State Bank in the name of Ron Lee for donations.

14 Comments

  1. William and Elizabeth Lee

    When I first started out at the plant, I was asked multiple times if I was related to William Ron Lee. I would always answer, “No.” They would counter back that there was another employee on site that had the same name and that I should meet him.
    One day I visited my girlfriend at her office (now my wife), who sat in the cubicle next the other infamous “William Lee” that everybody talked about . When I met “Ron,” as he is known, was very gracious and beamed at the fact that there was, effectively, two of us. Whenever we ran into each other, he was always in a good mood and willing to lend a hand. A gentleman through and through. He will be missed tremendously by us both.

  2. Jeanne Cobb

    I remember Ron has a fine gentleman, always ready with a friendly smile and an offer to help. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Jeanne Cobb

    I remember Ron as a fine gentleman, always ready with a friendly smile and an offer to help. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Anonymous

    I remember Ron as a fine and generous gentleman, always ready with a friendly smile and an offer to help. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Bob and Jo Lynn Wilkinson

    We first knew Diane and remember when she and Ron got married. We are so sad to hear about Ron. He was a wonderful family man. You could not ask for a nicer person. He and Diane loved to entertain and cook steaks, serve wine and special scotches. He will be greatly missed by so many.

  6. Janet Ramsdell Rockey

    To Diane and family, my heart breaks for you at this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers 🙏.

  7. Randy Reecer

    I use to carpool with Ron. Nice guy.

  8. Judy Riedt Callahan

    Ron and Diane were my youth group sponsors at First Christian Church. Ron was an incredible model for us. He taught us about priorities, faith, loyalty, kindness, and how to treat one another with respect. He was not only a role model, but a dear friend as well. Thank you, Ron, for being a part of the village that raised me. There are so many fun memories of your love and leadership to our group of teenagers.

  9. Kela Arney Boyett

    Oh Ron. I loved learning from him and am so glad I had the opportunity to work along side him. I pray he is singing with God’s Angels and playing a mean game of golf up there. Big prayers to the family!!!

  10. Millie Bingham’s

    WOW ROn was for real!! Met him and Diane through my brother Larry ❤️ We had the best times learning about WINES🍷 One of the nicest men I’ve ever met ❤️ RIP Ron, I will miss you looking after me ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Anonymous

    All I can think to say is that Ron was a really good guy. I was another person whom worked with him. We worked together on a project several years ago, but everytime I’d see that man, he would always greet me by name and ask how I was doing no matter how long it had been since we last saw each other. That says a lot about Ron.

    Yes, most people at Pantex are pretty friendly, but you could tell he truly cared about your wellbeing. So, although I didn’t see or work with him everyday, it was shocking and saddening to hear of his passing.

  12. Susan, "Jim", Karen, and Steven Womack

    May “William Ron Lee Sr.” RIP. We only know “Ron Sr.” as being Megan’s Father-in-Law, her husband’s Father. Reading his story is “personally beautiful” and very understanding with why Megan is with Ron – his Son ! Ron, may God wrap His Arms around “you”, your Mother, and your Family to heal through this very difficult time. We love you all !😢🙏💔💖💥

  13. Millie Bingham

    I am going to miss Ron, one of the nicest men I’ve ever met! I thank my brother, Larry, for introducing me to the Lee family. I know Ron and Larry are selecting the best wines to set at the Lord’s Table. RIP Ron, until we meet at the Lord’s Table ❤️❤️

  14. Chris Goebel

    I worked with Ron for almost 7 years. He was a true gentleman and always willing to help others. Ron was generous and intelligent. I will certainly miss Ron. I was looking at a coin with his portrait on it last night.

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