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Lee Roy Newsom
10/29/1940 — 08/19/2022
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Montgomery, AL
Lee Roy Newsom
Lee Roy Newsom, 81, of Kennewick, WA, passed away on August 19, 2022, after a short illness at Trios Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Doris Newsom. He is survived by his son, Jan Lee Newsom with his wife Joyce of West Richland, WA; Lee’s sister, Patricia Newsom McKay-Timm and her husband Jim of Ft. Pierce, FL; and nieces Kim McKay of Felton, CA, Melanie McKay of Australia and nephew Brad McKay of Royal Oaks, CA.
Lee was born in Montgomery, AL on October 29, 1940, and moved with his parents and sister to Richland just after the Hanford Atomic Works had opened. He attended schools in Pasco and Richland and loved to be outdoors and one of his favorite memories as a child was fishing with his dad. He loved his mom’s cooking especially all her favorite trimmings at Thanksgiving. Just before graduation Lee enlisted in the US Navy and he served on the aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard as an Aviation Structural Mechanic from 1959-1963. Lee spoke fondly of his memories and his adventures in the Forces as it gave him the opportunity to experience different parts of the world. Upon returning home to Richland, he married, and his only son Jan Lee was born in 1965. Lee was always a very industrious worker and was employed in the trucking industry to include Pepsi and then as a Teamster at Hanford for 23 years before retiring in 2006 at his home in West Richland. Lee liked to keep busy and had several hobbies including travel, fishing with his dog Blue and his best friend Tom, growing flowers and playing pool with his friends at the Whiskey River. Lee had a soft spot for rescue animals throughout his life and his latest rescue was his sweet lovable dog Freeway who provided him companionship and comfort in his last years. For Lee, a great day was to enjoy a good steak dinner with his favorite drink, watching the Sports Channel and Fox News with Freeway at his side. Lee will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
His Internment will be at Sunset Gardens and Einan’s Funeral Home on September 1st at 2pm. All are welcome.
I worked with Lee at Consolidated Freightways. I’m sorry to hear of his passing.
I am so sorry for your loss. May the hope of the Resurrection bring you comfort. May Jehovah be with you and your family at this sad time
I will miss my little brother. I valued his memories of our past history. Now that door is closed. Rest well my love.