LeRoy Ooley

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LeRoy "Lee" Ooley
July 4, 1935 - October 26, 2017
LeRoy "Lee" Ooley, 82, a Colorado Springs native, passed away peacefully at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs on October 26, 2017.
Lee was born on July 4, 1935, in Colorado Springs to Milton and Edna Ooley. He was preceded in death by his son, Matt, his sisters, Heidi and Margie, and his parents.
He graduated from Colorado Springs High School and from California Institute of Tool Design. He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy and was in the Naval Reserve.
He married Mary Hutto on June 21, 1986. They have a blended family and celebrated 31 years of marriage this year.
Lee worked as a mechanical designer and/or manufacturing manager for Hotsy, Vicon, Scott Science, TRW, and Maxcor.
His hobbies and interests were many and varied. He was a published author of short stories. He was an accomplished woodworker who enjoyed making beautiful pieces for his family and friends. An avid skier, he ski patrolled at Monarch, Broadmoor, and Pikes Peak Ski Areas. Camping, fishing, and mountain climbing were also favorite hobbies. His love of Colorado mountains was contagious. He completed Ride the Rockies bicycle tour at age 62. He embodied the "Rocky Mountain High".
He is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Doug Ooley (Darla); his daughter, Shannon Derbique (Paul); his daughter-in-law, Linda Ooley; his grandchildren Jack Derbique, Ben Ooley, Jennifer Mear (Jeremy), Chris Ooley (Vanessa), Kelli Ooley, Kristin Harrison (Cedric), Megan Ooley, and Tom Ooley; great grandchildren Alaynas, Bella, Angela, and Charlotte; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was a kind, wise, and loving man who adored his family and who will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held at Sunrise Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., on November 9 at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to the Pikes Peak Library District or Sunrise UMC. The family thanks the staff of Pikes Peak Hospice for their wonderful care of Lee. To honor him, spend time in the mountains with people you love.

Religious Service Information
Sunrise United Methodist
2655 Briargate Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Published in The Gazette on Nov. 5, 2017
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