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Senior Master Sergeant (USAF, retired), Gust R. Lee, 90, of Carlisle, PA went to be with our Lord, Thursday, August 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, PA, and enlisted 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 WWII. He was discharged 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, Philippines, and Montana. From 1959 until 1967, Gust served as the United States Air Force Recruiter in Carlisle, PA. He retired May 1971 from Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana. He returned to Carlisle, PA 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 WWII.

He is survived by one sister, Lorraine (Lee) Morgan of Palo Alto, CA, two children, Betty E. Bennett of Frederick, MD and James R. (and wife, Lorie) Lee of Winter Springs, FL; 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, FL; 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, PA and was a member of the Masonic Order for over 60 years.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA with 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 North Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013.

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Dear Betty and the rest of the Lee family,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss.  We pray that you are comforted by the fact that Gust is beyond pain and reunited with his loved ones in Heaven. May God bless you all with peace in your time of sadness.

COL and Mrs. Thomas Slade
To the family,

My sincerest condolences for your loss.  Gust recruited my father, Senior Master Sergeant Louis M. Werdebach, USAF (deceased) into the Ar Force before I was born.  While in my teens my father introduced me to Gust and it was clear they enjoyed the highest respect and admiration for each other.  Gust accomplished much, now may he go peacefully to his eternal rest until we see him again.

 Louis M. Werdebach, Woodbridge VA

The Officers and members of the NARFE Chapter 409 of Frederick MD wish to express their sincere sympathy to  the family on the death of their beloved SMS Gust R. Lee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gilbert B. Monck, Chaplain 409
Gust was a devoted member of the Carlisle Chapter #3378 of AARP.  He donated many of his wood crafts to be auctioned off raising money for charities our chapter supports.  He was a wonderful person, he will be missed by many.

Virginia  Such

Gus was good friends with my Mom and Dad Stanley and Pauline Ralls from Mechanicsburg Pa.
Gus was my recruiter and signed me up for the USAF. Gus was one I always looked up to.

Robert K Ralls

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