In 1967, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a Catholic Chaplain. His military assjgnments took him through Europe, including Germany, and onto Alaska and the Philippines. He retired from the military as a Major in 1985 after 18 years of service.
In retirement, tennis was his favorite sport, and he played the ukulele, sang, and danced the hula with a group who entertained senior communities on Oahu. He dabbled with carving Narcissus bulbs and cultivating the flowers, and enjoyed shopping at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers' Market every Saturday.
William Lai Lee is survived by brother, Harry Mun (Katherine) Lee, seven nieces, and two nephews. He was predeceased by sister Phyllis Ann (Howard) Yee and brother Harvey Yuen (Harriet) Lee.
Private Services were arranged by Borthwick Mortuary and
held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl
with military honors.