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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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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
Patricia (Patti) Joy Berndsen Jacko
RE: Donzetta Nuxall
hey no problem at all. I just didn't want the paid admins seeing it.

Added by Patricia (Patti) Joy Bern... on Nov 16, 2014 12:15 PM
Patricia (Patti) Joy Berndsen Jacko
Donzetta Nuxall
Created by: Bill Lee, The Baseball U...
Record added: Sep 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116654729

Hi Bill,

I realize that we have some famous memorials of living people, but in general , you can't create a memorial for someone who is living.

Just thought I'd say something before the paid admins find it.

I know her son, Phil Nuxall which is why I found it.

Patti Jacko
volunteer Admin
Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati,OH
Added by Patricia (Patti) Joy Bern... on Nov 15, 2014 6:09 PM
Jetta McQuiston
Thanks for your quick response and deletion. I understand the problem with making the deletion on the website. Hopefully it can be deleted, if not I know you made the effort. I appreciate your effort.
Added by Jetta McQuiston on Nov 12, 2014 3:37 PM
Jetta McQuiston
Charlie DeArmond #51361481
The grave photo you added to my great uncle Charles DeArmond's memorial #51361481 is not his grave marker. I also noticed you have it on your website. Your website is filled with great information and very detailed. I enjoyed viewing it. Would you be so kind to remove the incorrect photo from both places? Thanks in advance.
Jetta McQuiston
Added by Jetta McQuiston on Nov 11, 2014 10:34 PM
Ed wells
You have him dying in Birmingham. It was Montgomery . Thx in advance for fixing that . Alesia
Added by Alesia on Sep 08, 2014 10:05 PM
Julia Jacobson FAG63717446
Picture on her grave entry is not her stone. Please delete it. thanks, Kay
Added by kpet on Jun 12, 2014 4:18 PM
Steven Weinreich
Baseball Web Site
Wonderful work, Bill.

Thank you.

Steve Weinreich
Added by Steven Weinreich on Apr 19, 2014 6:16 PM
RE: Lefty Phillips
Thanks so much for the information. ~Janice
Added by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 9:26 PM
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