Henry Lee

May 20, 1915 - January 2, 2018

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Long time resident Henry Lee passed away Tuesday January 2, 2018 of natural causes at his home in Downey. He was 102 years old and lived in Downey for over 60 years.


After a tour in the Civil Conservation Corps, Henry left Mississippi in 1941 and came to California seeking a better life for his family. He worked in the Defense Industry during the 1940’s and 1950’s and in 1956 he founded his own company, Lee’s Manufacturing Corporation. He designed and built motion machinery for electrostatic painting equipment used in the automotive and appliance manufacturing industry around the world. He was an innovative designer and held several patents on his work.


A Mason and lifetime member of the Elks, he was an avid bowler and golfer who when he retired in 1994 at the age of 79 became a familiar sight at the Rio Hondo Golf Club where he was a member for years. He is survived by his wife Joan, his son Jack and his loving grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary 10229 Paramount Boulevard, Downey, CA 90241 on January 20th at 11am.


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to CCC Legacy P.O. Box 341 Edinburg, VA 22824. Memo: Henry Lee Memorial