Senior Master Sergeant (U.S. Air Force, retired), Gust R. Lee, 90, of Carlisle went to be with our Lord Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born on June 26, 1920, in Patton, Pa., the son of the late Gust J. Lee and Melanie (Lacounte) Lee.
Gust graduated in May 1938 from high school in Patton and enlisted in January 1942 into the Army Air Force as a private. He became an aviation cadet and then a liaison pilot ferrying officers, taking aerial observations, and transporting supplies in Europe during World War II. He was discharged in December 1945 as a master sergeant and went to work as a sheet metal worker in New Castle, Pa.
Gust was recalled to active duty during the Korean War in 1952 and chose to go into the United States Air Force. He served in Alaska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, the Philippines and Montana. From 1959 until 1967, Gust served as the United States Air Force recruiter in Carlisle. He retired in May 1971 from Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana.
He returned to Carlisle upon his retirement and was employed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission until 1987. While serving in the United States Air Force, he proudly wore liaison pilot wings identifying him as a flying sergeant from World War II.
He is survived by one sister, Lorraine (Lee) Morgan of Palo Alto, Calif.; two children, Betty E. Bennett of Frederick, Md., and James R. (and wife, Lorie) Lee of Winter Springs, Fla.; three grandchildren, Susan L. Bennett of Frederick, Md., Robert G. (and wife, Liz) Bennett of Walkersville, Md., and Tyler F. Lee of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one great-grandson, Rowan G. Bennett of Walkersville, Md.; three nephews; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ellen K. Lee; a sister, Louise (Lee) Holmes; a son-in-law, Russell G. Bennett; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla M. Bennett. He will be greatly missed by Nat and Dawn Mitten, Joanne and Bill Jeffries, Carol Ramp and Dick Smith.
Gust enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bowling, wood working and watching his favorite teams the Penn State Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. He was active in MORA, AARP and a senior bowling league. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Harrisburg and was a member of the Masonic Order for more than 60 years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA with the Rev. David Betzner officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle, with military honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends for visitation at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday until time of the services at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013. Please visit www.Since1853.com to send condolences.