Howard Claude LeMay Jr.

December 7, 1932September 22, 2020

Howard C. LeMay, 87, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2020 after a four month illness. He was born in Hollywood, Calif. and grew up in Burbank, Calif. where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Ginny (Virginia Dahl). After graduating from high school in 1952 he joined the Navy and served aboard two aircraft carriers: the USS Valley Forge and the USS FDR during the Korean war. In 1954 he had the distinction of crossing the equator and rounding Cape Horn as the USS FDR was to large to transit the Panama Canal. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1956, he went to work for Vons Grocery Markets in San Fernando Valley and Santa Barbara, Calif. In 1979 he was asked to open the first Vons market in Las Vegas. He retired from Vons in 1987 and earned many awards during his career with Vons. Following his retirement from Vons he owned a Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream store for four years and then went to work for Southern Wine and Spirits where he managed the merchandising warehouse for 18 years. Howard and Ginny joined Community Lutheran Church in 1982 and Howard was an active member serving as Head Usher for eight years and participating in many church events. In 2001 they moved to Sun City MacDonald Ranch where Howard joined the Community On Patrol and served on the COP's Board of Directors for many years and drove a weekly patrol in the community for 19 years. Howard enjoyed water skiing and camping and he was an avid NASCAR and Dallas Cowboy fan. Howard and Ginny were fortunate to celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary this past June 30th, a celebration of many happy years together. Howard was preceded in death by his son, Richard, his mother and father, Hazle and Howard LeMay, Sr, and his sister Linda Seder. He is survived by his loving wife, Ginny, daughter, Lori Vay and her husband, Rick, and daughter, Lesa Perez, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend to many and a very patriotic and proud American. Memorial services are pending.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


Howard Claude LeMay Jr.

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Ken and Carol Larson

October 16, 2020

Dear Ginny,
Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. We pray that the love of family and friends bring you comfort and peace. May your faith give you strength as you face the days ahead.
With sympathy,
Ken and Carol Larson


October 9, 2020

Ginny you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. with genuine caring
Diane and Lisle Stewart

Nancy Heiliger

October 9, 2020

Hi Ginny. Remember Howard well. My husband Douglas Heiliger and I joined the church in 1979 when it was the little church and Pastor Ray was the Pastor. So sorry for your loss. Howard will be missed and loved always. Nancy Heiliger Member of Community Lutheran from 1979 to 2012.

Tammy Stuckey

October 5, 2020

Mike and I had the pleasure of meeting Howard and Ginny through their son Richard in McKinney Texas. Many great memories of them over the years. So blessed to consider them both family. I know Howard will be missed. Prayers for the entire family. We love you.

Dawn Huberty

October 5, 2020

I grew up in Santa Barbara with the LeMay’s as family friends and neighbors. I was honored to spend this time and my grown up years with Howard and Ginny. Sending love and prayers. RIP Howard.

Jayanne Courser

September 25, 2020

Since 1980 you were a Friend and Mentor. I am saddened by your loss. Lots of fond memories. Very Sincerely


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