Lee A. Van Gorden, 83, died June 20, 2017, at the Smith Nursing Home in Mountain Top.
Born and raised in Reading, he was the son of the late Lee and Sarah Musket Van Gorden and stepmother Helen Schultz Van Gorden.
He was a longtime resident of Mountain Top.
Lee was a graduate of the Central Catholic High School in Reading in 1952 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Navy, proudly serving as a corpsman during the Korean War.
After his service he spent time in New York City, where he worked for Brown Brothers Karriman Co. and pursued a career as a professional opera singer. His singing career was highlighted by appearances at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. Lee later settled in Nutley, N. J., with his family where he attended Rutgers University and earned a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He was also an active member of the Nutley Masonic Lodge 25, where he was a member of The Scottish Rite.
After a long career in finance, he retired from Bally Ribbon Mills in Bally in 2000.
Lee’s biggest passions in life were his family and his love for reading. Nothing would bring him a bigger smile than having his family close to him and a book in his hand.
He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Dana Coon Van Gorden; his son, Eric and wife, Janet; along with three grandchildren, Ethan, Josh and Madi.
Funeral services were held in Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top. Interment followed in Albert Cemetery.
McCune Funeral Service Inc., Mountain Top, handled the arrangements.