WILLIAM LEA William Joseph "Bill" Lea, 77, passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas, after years of battling MS. Bill was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Lexington, Ky. He is survived by his wife, of 37 years, Vida Carolyn Lea; son; Michael K. Lea (Ada) and daughter, Tracy W. Lea, all of Arizona; two sisters, Linda S. Schwartz and Patricia J. Long, both of Ohio; and a grandson, Justin; and three stepchildren, Lynn C. Swaney (Michael) and Tony E. Everhart (Susan) all of North Carolina, and Terry Y. Gardella (Tony) of Arizona. Bill was very proud to of served in the 101st Army Airborne. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, a Mason and a Shriner. He was in his glory as an airline pilot flying for Bonanza, Air West, Hughes Airwest and retired from Republic in 1984. He was an avid golf and chess player that loved to laugh, loved the moon, the desert and a high wind. He will truly be missed and forever loved. No services are scheduled.
Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 16, 2017.