Myron Crown Obituary (1930 – 2022) – Modesto, CA

Myron “Lee” Crown
February 20, 1930 – July 21, 2022
Modesto, California – Lee was born February 20, 1930, in Agra, Kansas, to Solomon and Marie Crown. He passed away on Thursday, July 21st, 2022. He was preceded in death by his wife Vonda, his parents, one twin son Don, brothers Joe and Winton, and sisters Irene Deister, Ila Loney, Norma Reynolds, Mildred King, and Joyce Compton. He is survived by his sons, twin Dean, Riverbank, Ted, Modesto, Doug, Modesto, daughter, Sherry Holmes of Murfreesboro, TN, seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother Phil.
Lee’s darling wife Vonda Lee Ortman (Crown) passed away January 1st, 2016. They were together for 64 years. Lee graduated from High School in Agra, Kansas, and joined the Air Force in 1948. He applied for electronic school and spent the first year of service in two electronic schools. After graduation, he was sent to Castle Air Force Base, Merced CA, to supervise maintenance of equipment in the base weather station. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
It was while at Castle that he met his darling wife, Vonda Lee Ortman, in 1951, of Turlock, California. After discharge from the Air Force, he worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. California was calling and the family moved back to Modesto, California. He worked for Sears for 18 years. In 1970, Lee and Vonda started Crown TV & Appliance on Oakdale Rd. They sold the business in 1993, bought a motor home, and began a stress-free life on the road for 21 years, full-time, as “snowbirds” north in the Summer and Florida in the Winter. At one time, they managed parks for the Army Corps of Engineers in Georgia. They were members of Thousand Trails, Family Motor Coach, and 3 other travel clubs. They traveled 49 states, including Alaska and Canada.
Lee was resident speaker for the grand opening of the Tower Park Apartments on June 8th, 2016, where he took up residence. While living in Tower Park Apartments, he met Vickie Sanders. They became very close friends and shared much time together. Lee was a member of Davis Park Church of Christ, in Modesto.

Published by Modesto Bee on Aug. 27, 2022.

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