Lee Roy Akin
Mar 19, 1935 - May 30, 2016
Posted by Jo Aguirre
Lee was the youngest of 4 children: Dorothy Taggart, Loveta June Morrow and Clyde. Lee was very proud of his OK heritage and in serving his country in the Navy. At age 6, the Akin family made the long trip by automobile to Phoenix, AZ seeking better job opportunities. The family relocated back to Norman, OK 4 years later. Lee’s first job at 14 was delivering the OK Times Newspaper. He would reminisce about times he threw paper in the snow and ice on his bicycle. Lee enlisted in the Navy in 1955, receiving his training in communications at Camp Pendleton, CA. Then he was stationed at Fort Meade, MD- NSA (National Security Administration) until 1959. It was during this time that he met and married Joyce LeCrone of Norman, OK. Lee was the proud father of Barry Dean Akin born in 1960. Lee shared his love for restoring and tinkering with old cars with Barry over the years. Cameron Lee Akin was born to Lee and his wife, Frieda Gutierrez in 1978. As Cameron grew older, Lee was amazed at his musical abilities and with Jennifer Kapsa Akin, the loving care, they gave to Lee’s 2 grandchildren, Hogan 9 and Julie 8. Lee enjoyed a special relationship with his sister, Loveta June Morrow and loved their breakfasts together on Monday mornings, getting “caught up” with all the news. Lee worked at Western Union as a teletypist until 1985 and enjoyed being a play-by-play analyst for the ‘89ers games. He was employed by Tinker Air Force Base in the hazardous materials and billeting department until 2001. At age 66, instead of retiring, he worked as a driver for NAPA, delivering auto parts and joking with other auto dealership mechanics. Lee claimed that he could fix anything with duct tape, bungee cords, or fix-a-flat and spray paint. Lee’s final retirement was Jan. 15, 2016. Lee was proudest of his service to his country (earning the good conduct medal) and being a good provider for his family and a dedicated employee.
Lee went to be with his Lord on May 30, 2016 at OUMC with his wife of 24 years, Paulene Brecht Akin, his 2 sons, Barry and Cameron and wife Jennifer, and good friend Caroline Jones at his bedside. He fought a courageous battle to survive extensive heart surgery. The obstacles he overcame in his 3 week battle are a miracle and amazing. His family wants to thank his surgeon, Dr. Andrew McUnu and the wonderful nursing staff in SICU, MICU for providing Lee with skilled and compassionate care. He will be remembered as a good, honest, hardworking man.
Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (where he was a member for over 20 years) 700 N Air Depot, MWC, OK at 2pm, Friday, June 3, 2016, with Pastor Ronald Simpson officiating.
Visitation and funeral arrangements are at Ford Funeral Service on Thursday June 2 from 6-8pm and Friday June 3 from 10am-12pm.
Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park (Sooner and Indian Hills RD) following the funeral service. Memorial donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
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