Editor's note: Columbia Board of Education President Tom Rose issued this statement following the deaths of Zane Lee and Sterling Wyatt:
“Our graduates go on to many things, including military service. We are proud of our students that serve our country through the military. We are extremely saddened to learn of the deaths of two of our former students as they served their country through the military. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends."
COLUMBIA — Zane Thompson Lee of Columbia died Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. He was 20.
He was born Jan. 9, 1992, in Columbia to John and Cecilia (Wolfmeier) Lee.
Mr. Lee served in the U.S. Army Reserves 7228 Medical Support Unit in Columbia. He began his military service in 2009.
Like his father and grandfather before him, Mr. Lee was an Eagle Scout. He received his Eagle in 2009. He graduated from Hickman High School in 2010 and was accepted into Columbia College in May.
Lee is survived by his parents, John and Cecilia Lee; a sister, Jordan Lee; his fiancee, Katelyn Cockrell, and her family, Jerry, April, and Kortney Cockrell; grandparents Charles and Carol Lee of Columbia and Gene and Edith Wolfmeier of Fulton; great-grandfather Raymond Lee of Columbia; uncles Jim Lee and wife, Christy, of Centralia, Mike Lee and wife, Wendy, of Pfafftown, N.C., and Mike Wolfmeier and wife, Dianne, of Fulton; cousins Boone, Britlyn and Piper Lee of Centralia, Regan and Chase Lee of Pfafftown, N.C., and Kalyn and Bryce Wolfmeier of Fulton.
His great-grandmother, Lavenia Lee, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. Burial with full military honors will follow at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Ste. 38, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203; Boy Scouts of America – Great Rivers Council, 1203 Fay Street, Columbia, MO 65201; Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202; or the U.S. Army Family Readiness Group of Columbia, care of Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.
Condolences can be posted bachyager.com.
Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.