COLUMBIA — Raymond Edward Lee of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at his home. He was 92.
Mr. Lee was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Boone County, to Charles Arthur and Emma (Wilson) Lee. On Mar. 9, 1940, he married Lavenia Ann Stone; they remained together for 69 years until her death on Oct. 5, 2009.
Mr. Lee, a World War II veteran, served in the European Theater with the 102nd Infantry Division. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and was involved with the Army of Occupation in Germany after the war's conclusion.
After his 1946 discharge as a staff sergeant, Mr. Lee returned to Columbia and joined the petroleum distribution industry, working for both the MFA Oil Co. and Phillips 66 in Boone County. He was also involved with the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission and participated in naming rural county roads. He later worked as a Boone County Circuit Court bailiff.
Mr. Lee belonged to the Acacia Lodge of the Masonic Order, the Thilo Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He was also a longtime member of American Legion Post 202 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 280.
Mr. Lee is survived by two sons, Charles Lee and his wife, Carol, of Columbia, and Donald Lee and his wife, Dinah, of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, John Lee and his wife, Cecilia, of Columbia, James Lee and his wife, Christy, of Centralia, Michael Lee and his wife, Wendy, of North Carolina; Christy Confar and her husband, Thomas, of California, and Brian Lee of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one brother, Alfred Lee of Columbia. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Lloyd Lee and James Lee, two sisters, Beulah Gilpin and Anna Davis, and one great-grandson, Zane Thompson Lee, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 12:30 t0 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012,at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., with Masonic rites. Services will follow at 2:30 p.m. the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop W., with military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.
Condolences and tributes can be posted at www.bachyager.com.