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Robert Eugene Lee

Robert Eugene Lee, 72, of Cochise, Ariz., died July 2, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz., with his family at his side. Services were held July 10 at East Lemonweir Lutheran Church, Elroy, Wis.

Robert E. Lee was born June 9, 1928, to Henry and Hazel Lee in the Township of Fountain, Juneau County, Wis. Mr. Lee was confirmed in 1942 at Lemonweir Lutheran Church in Elroy. He graduated from Elroy High School in 1945.

On Dec. 10, 1947, he married his lifelong sweetheart, Mary Louise Ormson, whom he had known from the age of 8 years. Mr. Lee served in the National Guard during the Korean conflict and held the rank of sergeant.

He farmed in the Elroy area until 1960 when he moved to Union Grove, Wis. Following his retirement Robert lived in Holmen, Wis.; Casa Granda, Ariz.; Eagle River; and Cochise, Ariz.

His family said: An avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller, dad was always proud to introduce himself as Robert E. Lee. His passion was racing horses, riding and hunting dogs. Dad spoke often of his adventures of hunting in the hills of Wisconsin with his fox coon hounds. He loved to travel and told stories everywhere he went. Loving Alaska, he fished alongside his sons during the summers, landing king salmon and halibut. He will always remain our western hero.

Mr. Lee is survived by his lovely wife of 52 years, Mary Louise (Ormson) Lee; children, Christine (Douglas) McCallum of Sussex, Wis., John (Joanna) Lee, Palmer, and Ron Lee, Anchorage; brothers, Arthur (Caroline) Lee, Black River Falls, Wis., and Gordon Lee, La Farge, Wis.; aunt, Romelle Kingston, Monona, Wis.; and his grandchildren, Brad and Laura McCallum, Reanna and Robert Conrad Lee and Sherilee Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Hazel Lee; and brothers, Raymond and Allen Lee. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Wilcox, Ariz.

Source:  Frontiersman, 11 July 2000



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