Rodney Lee

Rodney Lee

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Heaven has a new angel

Rodney Keith Lee of Lemoore passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was born on January 30, 1959 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the first of five children born to Jim and Carolyn Lee. Rodney was a lifelong resident of Lemoore. He attended Lemoore Union Elementary Schools and was a 1977 graduate of Lemoore High School.
Rodney’s health issues started at 13 years old when he was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor, which left him with a speech
impediment and loss of hearing. He lived independently for many years after graduating from high school. He also worked for 20 years at the
family grocery store, Lincoln Market, until it was sold.
In the early 1990s he wanted a way to make people happy, so he decided to deliver candy to employees at local businesses in Lemoore and
Hanford. He is fondly remembered as “The Candyman”. He had been living at Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he rolled
around in his wheelchair and continued to deliver candy and smiles to everyone he greeted.
Rodney led an extraordinary life. In spite of his health challenges, he had a very broad reach that touched many people in very positive ways.
He always had a smile on his face and he loved to kid around with people. Despite his difficulty to speak, his brain remained sharp and he
loved to play cards and games with anyone for hours. He had many hidden talents, including saying the alphabet backwards and reciting the
San Francisco Giants lineup at an early age. His infectious personality and smile brought smiles to everyone he interacted with. We will
forever love and miss him!
He was preceded in death by his father, Jim, and sister, Allison. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn, and his three sisters, Susan Loper of
Lemoore, her husband, Kevin, and their children, Meghan, Scott, and Ryan; Stacey Wong of Mountain View, her husband, Brian, and their
children, Matthew and Eric; and Leslie Holiday of Fresno, her husband, Doug, and their children, Jessica, Jason, and Jacob. He is also survived
by his dog, Ollie, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A huge thank you to the Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center nurses and staff. You were so loving and caring to Rodney.
A visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19 at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore. Due to COVID19, we will be practicing social distancing where only 25 people will be allowed into the funeral chapel at one time (face masks are optional). A private service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 20 at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. You can view the service on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. by visiting the phippsdale website. Click on the live stream link on Rodney’s obituary page. Interment service will be at Lemoore Cemetery.
Family and friends who wish to remember Rodney may do so by contributing to Kings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 851 Leslie Ln., Hanford, CA 93230 or Lemoore Senior Center at 789 S. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore, CA 93245.
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    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel
    420 West D Street
    LEMOORE, CA 93245
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Posted at 04:11am
I met Rodney in 1995 when I moved back to Hanford. He was in the mall handing out candy. We became instant friends. He would give my children candy and then offer the bag to me, always pulling it away and running off laughing. He always came back and gave me a piece. He always had a smile for everyone!! Last year my mother entered Kings Rehabilitation Center and every time I went to see her I got to see Rodney too. He still had that smile for me like the one he had when he ran off with the candy bag. 😂. My mom passed away in October 2019. Rodney was very kind to me always..... he will be remembered fondly. Rest In Peace Candyman. We love you!!❤️🙏🏻


Posted at 12:56pm
I CAN REMEMBER WHEN RODDY WAS 3 OR 4 when i first met the Lee Family . The kids were very small and so Cute And Smart. I Never Met Such Kids Who Could Say The Alphabets Backwards .Roddy Being The Only Son Was A Blessing Because Being The Oldest And He Was Going To Have To Be Careful With Four Sisters. Roddy Is Now With Dad JJim,And Sister Allison In Heaven. God Bless And RIP


Gloria Guerrero

Posted at 06:30pm
Roddy was a very special person and will be missed very much. I have known his family for a very long time. I babysat the Lee children when their Mom and Dad (Carolyn and Jimmy) would go bowling. Since my parents, Ted and Josie Dones were close friends to the Lees. Needless to say, I not only went to many family gatherings with the Lees and they in turn visited the Dones’s too. My one memory was the speed of Roddy reciting the alphabet as fast as he can backwards. It was overwhelming when I saw Roddy in the hospital after his brain surgery. My tears were very heavy seeing him at such a young age and having to go through this. Through his adult years he definitely impacted the community with his smiles and his generosity of being known as “The Candyman”. Farewell Roddy-with our love, Gloria and Joe Guerrero


Patricia Norris

Posted at 09:40pm
Mr. Candyman will be greatly missed. He was a gentle, loving soul who brought smiles and peace to all who encountered him. He was never cross, never rude, and always brought a calming peace to any soul who needed it. I am grateful to have been able to have him in my life and in my community. I loved how our community accepted and loved him. Thank you to his family for letting us love him so much!

Laura Carnes

Posted at 07:14pm
I’m so sorry to read of Rodney’s passing. My condolences to the family. He was a joy to every person he met. Prayers for strength and comfort in the coming days for the family.

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