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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.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 16, 2017.
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August 19, 2017
Only one life that soon is passed Only whats done with "love"will last
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March 10, 2017
Oh Bill.. My dear dear friend.. you will truly be missed by all that loved you so. All the fun and good times never to be forgotten. Delaney's clam chowder on those SNA turn arounds... Thank You
Barbara Saunders
March 9, 2017
Always looked forward to flying will Bill. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ray Dahl
March 5, 2017
Forever love
Vida. C. Lea
February 24, 2017
Bill Lea was in school with me at the same time but he was 2 grades ahead of me. He was truly a gentleman and in all my dealing with Bill he was so kind and a heck of a warm human being. He would call me now and then just to talk. He was a special man to me and he never complained about his MS which I am sure took its toll on him as a man. I want to give you my deepest sympathy in the loss of this special man, Words just never seem enough at this time of great loss for his family. I would suffice it to say that Bill is no longer suffering and he is now in a better place with no more pain and suffering. May the good Lord Bless and Keep Bill and his family trying to cope with this tremendous loss. May God continue watchover and bless the Bill Lea family. Charlie Skillman
Charles Skillman
February 23, 2017
To Carolyn and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We loved to talk to him and you on Skype. He was a smart man and Joe and I loved to listen to his stories about flying. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. We send our love and prayers to you. We love you always, Your sister and brother -in- law, Marjorie and Joe
Marjorie and Joe Watson
February 20, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Pat Snead
February 20, 2017
Bill was one of my good friends when he lived in Phoenix. We played a lot of golf together. We worked on ALPA many hours into the night. A good man, a good pilot. I stayed in touch and talked to him just a few months ago. I did not know he was close to dying... damn... I am sure, he is glad to be free of that old body that let him down. He has flown West, to be with his friends, and he will be welcomed.
Richard Jeppesen
February 18, 2017
Bill was my mentor as a pilot.He showed me what upside down felt like in an airplane,he showed me how to walk the airplane down the runway alternating wheels,& more. We were chess buddies for more than 25 years and continued to play over the phone after I moved to Wyoming.Bill told me that Vida really met SCOOTS. Jacque received private golf lessons from the pro... WE both will remember him forever...Love for you Carolyn...Gibby
Gib Oswald
February 17, 2017
I thought of Bill as my father figure for many years. I loved him when he was being a dog, I loved him when he was at his best. I will miss all the laughter and adventures we shared but I have my memories and my forever love for him. T.B.B.
Terry Gardella
February 16, 2017
Bill was the softest,most gentle man I knew.
I loved him dearly and miss him terribly. May the wind always be at your back honey. I wil
carry you with me forever.
Your pretty lady/ scoots.
Vida Lea
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