Earl James Lea

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Earl James Lea, 98, of Shell Knob, passed away on Saturday May 15, 2021, in Monett.

He was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Okmulgee, Okla., the son of Ray and Vada (Rose) Lea who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Betty and Mary, and one son.

He received his education in Carl Junction. After high school he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Neosho, from 1938 to 1940. In February 1943, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After recruit training he was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, serving in the Pacific during WW2. He was discharged February 1946 and settled in Salida, Calif., working for Federal Civil Service until retirement in 1973 and moving to Shell Knob. He was a Charter member of VFW Post 2203 of Shell Knob, American Legion Post 392 of Pineville, and the DAV.

On Nov. 3, 1973, in Pineville he married Hazel (Watson-Gordon) who survives. Also Surviving are two sons; Richard Lea and wife Patricia of Shell Knob, Darrell Gordon and wife Brenda of Anderson; four daughters, Linda Wilson and husband Gale of Washington state, Judy Bolen of Shell Knob, Linda Schlessman and husband Geral of Pineville and Barbara Faulks of Pineville; one brother, Bob Lea of Shell Knob; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services with full military honors were May 20, at Lake Park Memorial Gardens, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.

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