Lee Vanoer

Hamilton County

Walter "Lee" Vanoer, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Lee was born on May 3, 1925 to the late Robert Hamilton and Amanda Catherine (Wallace) Vanoer in Riceville, Tenn.He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. He served 28 months as a Buck Sergeant E-4 in the U.S. Army serving during WWII in the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion. After his military service, he worked as a sheet metal worker from 1946 until his retirement in July 1987. During this time period, he served as Business Manager and Agent of Sheet Metal Worker's Local 51 (now Local 5) for 18 years. As an apprentice, he helped construct the Coke-a-Cola bottles that many have seen at Engel Stadium and later at AT&T Field.He served with the Chattanooga Building Trades, Chattanooga Labor Council Chattanooga Ventures and United Way of Greater Chattanooga; and was a member of the American Legion #1 in Titusville, FL. He delivered Meals on Wheels in Chattanooga and Titusville. Many years ago, he served as a member of the Hickory Valley Civitans, Hamilton County Auxiliary Police and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.He joined East Chattanooga Church of God in 1942 where he learned to love gospel music. His passions in life included his love for the Lord, his loving family, his dedication to his work and service to community and country. He was always eager to lend a helping hand to family and friends. Lee will be deeply missed by his loving family and by all who had the pleasure to meet and know him. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Carl Carson (Wilma) Vanoer, Bruce Edward (Evadine) Vanoer, Ray Vanoer, Earl Vanoer; sisters Maude Wilma Vanoer, Blanche Vanoer and Ella Mae Vanoer (James Walter) Dixon; grandparents Richard and Betsy Snyder Vanover.He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Myers Vanoer; son, Richard Lee Vanoer; daughters Robin Vanoer Rice and Debbie Vanoer (Mark) Carpenter; grandchildren Laura Rice, Christopher Rice, and Amanda Carpenter (James) Holland; brothers Clyde (Lavada) Vanoer, Bert (Martha) Vanoer, son-in-law Michael Rice and several loving nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Cooper, the Rev. Mark Carpenter and the Rev. Ernie Reno officiating.Burial will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Hubert Duncan, Dewayne Chastain, Steve Vanoer, Greg Vanoer, Christopher Rice, Michael Rice, Jimmy Rominger and Wayne Rominger serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are all active and retired Sheet Metal Worker's.Visit www.heritagefh.com share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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