He was born in Linton, Ind., Feb. 3, 1948, the son of Delmer Howard and Elizabeth June (Rowe) McCammon.
Howard Lee finished mid-term from Garfield High School in 1966. He returned for graduation ceremonies following Marine Corps boot camp at Camp Pendleton.
Howard Lee left to serve in Vietnam in August of the same year. During his service in Vietnam, he had earned The Bronze Star with Valor, The Purple Heart with One Star, and The Vietnamese Cross of Valor.
After serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1972.
Upon returning home, he met and married Charlene Busby of Mattoon, Ill., in May of 1976. He worked as a truck driver as well at US Steel Mill in Gary, Ind., and as a mechanic on Tow Motors, in Terre Haute.
Howard Lee returned to service, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1976. He was stationed in Mayport, Fla., Antigua, and in the Great Lakes, where he was an instructor in nuclear weaponry, Treasure Island Naval Base in San Diego, and Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard Bremerton, Wash.
Howard Lee served in the Gulf during Desert Storm. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the USS Texas in 1992 after 22 years of service.
Howard was an avid coin and gun collector as well as a skilled marksman. Howard was a member of the Warren G. Harding Masonic Lodge in Bremerton, Wash., and Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene McCammon as well as his parents Howard and June McCammon.
Survivors include his son Patrick Busby (Diona), Bremerton, Wash., daughter Shane Paatalo and her children Diane McCammon and Ellen Paatalo, Clear Lake, Wis., sisters Cheryl Sue (Tom), Yakel and Jean Ann (Charles) Rowe, nephews Beau Yakel and his sons D.J. and Blake, Sean Yakel, Marc Yakel and Cris Barclay, and niece April Fennell.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at French Funeral Home, Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. Services will be at the funeral home, Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 7 p.m., with Pastor Bob Nevins officiating.
At his request, cremation services will follow. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
At the family's request, no flowers will be accepted and donations may be made in his memory to an organization of your choice.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.