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Kirk E. Lee Jr.
Jun 19, 2013 - Staff
Kirk E. Lee Jr., formerly of Riverton, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. He was 85 years old.
A celebration of life service was Sunday, April 7, in Yuma, Ariz.
Kirk E. Lee was born March 29, 1928, and adopted by Kirk C. and Iris Lee (Brown).
He graduated from high school in 1947 and attended the University of Nebraska from 1947 to 1950 where he played on the Nebraska football team. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 as a staff sergeant.
When he was stationed at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., he met Helen J. Haynal. They married Aug. 25, 1952, in Plant City, Fla.
The couple moved to Riverton after Mr. Lee was discharged. They had two children. Helen died in January 1990.
Mr. Lee worked in the family dry cleaning business for a few years and then went on to a long career in banking. He took a break to serve as the city clerk of the City of Riverton. He served in a number of civic organizations in Riverton.
Mr. Lee married Arlet June Feavel in 1991 after both had lost their spouses. They had a great time together serving as campground hosts in the summer and wintering in Arizona. Mr. Lee was a general contractor and built much of the couple's house in Yuma, Ariz.
His family said he was always well liked and made a number of great friends throughout his life. He loved to joke around with everyone, play golf, fish, bird hunt and play cards and bingo.
He is survived by his wife, June (Feavel) Lee; daughter Judy Starks and her husband William; son Charles (Chuck) H. Lee; grandsons Kirk Starks and Manasseh Lee; granddaughters Amy Allen and her husband Greg and Sierra Lee; great-grandson Aiden Allen; stepchildren Carolyn Manders, April Schlup and her husband Darell, Joe Manders, Steve Manders and his wife Carol, Robbie Manders and Paul Manders; and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kirk C. Lee and Iris M. Lee; wife Helen Lee; and stepchildren Matt Manders, Lawrence Manders and Johnny Manders.