Downing Lee Jewell Melbourne Downing Lee Jewell, longtime resident of Satellite Beach, left the planet to be with his late high school sweetheart and wife of many years on Valentine's Day. Lee was born and raised in Highland Park, Michigan by his late parents, Harvey and Eva Jewell. Lee graduated from, Michigan State College with a BS in Engineering. He served in the Civil Air Patrol, Army Air Corp and then spent 20 years in the US Navy, as an officer and aviator. Lee married his high school sweetheart, the late Peggy Hart, and they enjoyed more than 70 years of adventures. When Lee retired from military service in 1970, he and Peggy searched for the best place to retire. Satellite Beach became their home for over 40 years. They enjoyed their retirement and new careers, in their beautiful home, on a canal large enough to accommodate as many as three 30+ft sailboats on their private docks! At the time of Lee's death, he called Brennity of Melbourne, his home. Lee's sailboat brokerage and sales business called Shangri-La Sailing, Inc. was very successful and rewarding. Lee was a lifelong owner of sailboats and was always a sailing enthusiast, so it was the perfect choice. Lee opened an office in a houseboat located in a local marina near the Eau Galle Bridge. Lee was a natural born sailor, teacher and sales person of large sailboats while Peggy became the CFO; they were always partners in every way. When Peggy passed away, Lee's health was declining also. It was gratifying to meet many of their friends who knew them through their sailboat business. Lee was known for his friendliness, enthusiasm and personal integrity. The family heard stories of Viet Nam war veterans, who were experiencing difficulties, who found themselves wandering the boat docks. My father reached out, befriended them and taught them to sail, he usually sold them a boat, too. Many aspects of sailing are life lessons, one of them is "We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails" written by Thomas S. Monson. This quote sums up how Lee and Peggy lived their lives and how Lee changed the lives of others, without even knowing it. Lee is survived by daughter, Rev. Janis Lee Dey and son, Dr. Jack Lee Jewell; 3 grandchildren, Rev. Scott Couper, Dr. Kristen Schellhase and Katrina Jewell; and 4 great grandchildren, Micah, Madeline, Adam and Elizabeth. Lee is also survived by devoted son-in-law, Byron Dey, granddaughter-in-law, the Rev. Susan Valiquette, grandson-in-law, Rich Schellhase, and long time devoted friend of Lee and Peggy, Dave Cribb. A private memorial for family and very close friends will take place in the future. Online condolences may be left at beachfuneralhome.com .
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