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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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Bettie Wallander
Thomas Zumwalt
read death certs..
Added by Bettie Wallander on Apr 18, 2015 10:27 AM
Pauline Josephine McElfresh Zumwalt
Hi, I added part of the bio you sent for Pauline. Instead of listing the names of her children and first husband I added the links to their memorials.

Find A Grave Memorial# 68921240


Added by traycx on Mar 17, 2015 9:58 PM
Stephanie Hawthorne
RE: Stephen Patrick Larkin
Bill, Here is the link to my grandpa's information. Thanks again!
Added by Stephanie Hawthorne on Mar 09, 2015 4:01 AM
Stephanie Hawthorne
Stephen Patrick Larkin
I just wanted to thank you from the heart for posting the information on my grandpa and grandma's graves. I've never seen either of their graves. Seeing them and knowing where to find them is very comforting to me. If it wasn't for you this may never have happened because I've relocated to the Cleveland area. Thanks again, God Bless!
Added by Stephanie Hawthorne on Feb 26, 2015 6:17 AM
Wes Hartz
Martha Simmons parents change
You asked me to add Martha's parents Richard and Mary Ann to Martha's memorial in Find A Grave. I think (?) there may be confusion between Martha and Mary Ann's child Mary (?)

Can you ask Deena who is maintaining Mary Harbert's memorial # 102176109 to accept Martha as Mary Harbert's child. If Deena is a relative and accepts the request then I will reconsider.


Added by Wes Hartz on Jan 26, 2015 12:46 PM
H.L. Primm Jr.
Thanks for the edit!

Thanks for the Edit to Ethel D Harkins-Prim, Find A Grave Memorial# 116857409, who was wife of Raymond Lee Prim.

Harold Primm
Added by H.L. Primm Jr. on Jan 17, 2015 9:10 AM
Harriet W. Berry
RE: Annie Turner
Just take a look at edits I sent for her, adding her maiden name and links for her parents' memorials, and let me know if any questions. That's the basics, the rest was conversation. Thanks much!
Added by Harriet W. Berry on Jan 12, 2015 6:42 PM
Jetta McQuiston
RE: Charlie DeArmond
Thanks for removing the incorrect grave photos of my Uncle Charlie DeArmond. I appreciate your follow-up as many would not have taken the time or bothered. All of your work is very well done and very informative.

Have a great new year!
Added by Jetta McQuiston on Dec 27, 2014 9:23 AM
Ed Wells
No problem. This is all a volunteer site. I met Mr. Wells right before he passed away. He was a nice man. My how time flys. Alesia
Added by Alesia on Dec 15, 2014 1:11 PM
Bev Mundy
David Zumwalt
I apologize - I declined your edit for David Zumwalt's middle name being Leonard Ivy. I have since found a note in my file and have added Ivy to his middle name.

Best regards,
Added by Bev Mundy on Nov 24, 2014 4:08 PM
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