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Bill Lee, The Baseball Undertaker (#48045330)
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Bio Photo A lifetime baseball fan, Bill was born in Kansas as Bill Oswald. His father, also Bill Oswald, died from a sudden heart attack when Bill was 5 years old. After his father's death, he and his mother moved to the West Coast where she remarried and his stepfather adopted him, giving him the name of Lee. Eventually the Lee's ended up in the Imperial Valley of Southern California where Bill was raised.

As a boy Bill followed the Pacific Coast League before the Dodgers and Giants moved to the West Coast. He saw many major league stars at the beginning of their careers on their way "up", or at the end of their careers on their way "down". He also followed major league baseball through the colorful re-creations of Gordon McClendon, who called himself "The Old Scotchman", on his Liberty Broadcasting Network. This is when he began wondering "What happened to . . ?" after they left the limelight of a relatively short baseball career.

Educated as an engineer, Bill attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received his BS in Engineering Science at Arizona State University. He later earned his MBA at Cal Poly, Pomona, and has credits toward a masters degree in history at Utah State University. A pioneer in automated information systems, he designed, programmed and managed computer-based systems for nearly 30 years, leaving his paying job as Director of Information Systems for a multinational electronic component manufacturer in 1987. Since that time he has been busier than ever, working as a self-employed family and local history researcher.


A native of Goshen, Indiana, LaVonne's great joy in life has always been music. She started playing the piano at an early age, and still enjoys playing to this day. She also played the clarinet and sang, and was active in her high school band, orchestra and glee club. She attended International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was a secretary at StarCraft when it was still Star Tank and Boat Company in Goshen.

In 1963 she moved from Goshen to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she was the secretary for the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department of City of Scottsdale. She says that was the "best job she ever had." It was in Scottsdale where she and Bill met each other in 1969. They were married two years later. In 1977 she and Bill moved to Riverside, California, where she worked as secretary/bookkeeper in the corporate office of A. M. Lewis, a large grocery wholesaler serving Southern California, Nevada and Arizona.

Since 1987 LaVonne and Bill have been working together as self-employed family and local history researchers. Doing this work, they have traveled all over the United States working as professional genealogists, as well as accumulating a great amount of information on family names related to both of them. This effort has produced not only The Baseball Necrology, but also a number of books of public record abstracts they are now offering to the public.

The Lee's now live near Foley AL, and plan to spend less time traveling and doing research. They have accumulated a wealth of information they are compiling into more books and websites they will be offering in the future.
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Ron Stewart
RE: Mary Virginia (Zumwalt) Carlton Oliver
Bill,

Transfer made. I am not a memorial collector and am only interested in accuracy. Glad we could eliminate a duplicate. I'm still not totally sure how I ended up with her in the first place.

Ron Stewart
Added by Ron Stewart on Apr 04, 2016 9:44 AM
Ron Stewart
RE: Mary Virginia (Zumwalt) Carlton Oliver
Bill,

Like you, the duplicate that I maintain was transferred to me by someone else. I am not related to this lady in any way and, to be honest, don’t remember why she was transferred to me in the first place. I feel you should “own” this memorial given that you are related and I am not. I suggest I transfer her memorial to you and that way you at least own both of her memorials.

Ron Stewart
Added by Ron Stewart on Apr 04, 2016 5:51 AM
Cameron Disney
RE: Lillian M Clemens
The error was not on the person who made the memorial. He transcribed it from the Cemetery listing which was in error.

You could have sent me an email (like I did to you) rather than rant on my page.

I was trying to be nice.....
Added by Cameron Disney on Mar 27, 2016 11:51 PM
C. Granberry
RE: Dorothy Riddle
Quite ok about the message. Glad to have Dorothy to care for. You might be interested to know that I found John Ludy "Johnny" Riddle because one of my distant relatives, Inez Granberry, married Johnny's brother, Elmer Ray Riddle - another successful baseball player. I was just trying to connect as many of Elmer's siblings as possible to their parents. I happened to locate Dorothy's maiden name in the process.

Have a good night
Added by C. Granberry on Dec 04, 2015 9:39 PM
A Jones Girl
Robert Carter Land
Thank you for the headstone photo. Your time and effort is much appreciated. Take care, Deb
Added by A Jones Girl on Dec 04, 2015 10:22 AM
John Merrill
Magnus Powell memorial
Thanks Bill, always happy to add information to the memorials that may be of help to others.
Added by John Merrill on Nov 29, 2015 6:15 PM
Mike Harlow
RE: Clarissa (Chesley) Powell grave site
Bill,
It is my pleasure to be able to get out and take photos of tombstones. Please, feel free to use the photo on any site and in any manner you see fit. It is not necessary to credit me for the photo, but I do thank you for your consideration in asking.
Send me your list, and I'll see what I can find at the cemetery. A lot of those old stones are nearly illegible, but I can sometimes get a decent picture or possibly a rubbing.

Mike Harlow
Added by Mike Harlow on Sep 25, 2015 3:45 PM
Mike Harlow
RE: Clarissa (Chesley) Powell grave site
Bill,
The cemetery was in poor shape when I visited, but I was able to find and photograph a couple dozen stones. There are still some stones that I may be able to photograph, but it will be a challenge to get them cleaned up enough to be legible. I just haven't had the chance to get back out there, yet. I am happy for you that one of them was your kinfolk.

Mike Harlow
Added by Mike Harlow on Sep 17, 2015 6:35 PM
bill cambron
Robert Thomson
Thank you for taking time to fill my request
Added by bill cambron on Sep 10, 2015 9:02 PM
A Tombstone Biographer
Ella Greenwood
She was born in Dec 1854 and once her birthdate is entered it should put the spouses in the correct order. Had to locate the info and found its not my record that would fix it.
Added by A Tombstone Biographer on Aug 18, 2015 4:41 PM
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