Liberto Apodaca

Liberto "Lee" Apodaca died Oct. 8, 2021, at the age of 100. Lee was a long-time resident of San Bernardino, CA. Lee was born in San Mateo, NM. His family moved to Winslow, AZ where he spent his school years graduating from Winslow High School in 1942. Soon after graduation he married, Frances. After WWII they moved to California and settled in San Bernardino and had 5 children. Lee and Francis lost their eldest son Joseph as he struggled with a lifelong illness that finally took him as a young adult. It was a great tragedy in their lives, but they were able to overcome by drawing strength from each other and the love from family. Lee and Frances were married for 64 years until Frances passed. Lee loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Everyone was always happy to see Grandpa Lee. Lee served in the Navy for 3 years during WWII and later joined the Air Force Reserves. He worked at Norton AFB as a warehouseman delivering parts all over the air base. Later he worked as a printer for the County of San Bernardino until he retired in the 1970s. He worked smaller jobs throughout his retirement years until he had to stop to take care of his ailing wife. He had been an active member in his church for years serving regularly as an usher, and in the food distribution ministry. Lee did find love again at 89 with Lorna and enjoyed her companionship for the rest of his life. He was dearly loved and will be missed by his 4 surviving children: Linda, Kathy, Larry, and Philip, as well as his 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, and 4 great-great-great grandchildren.

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