Roger Kent Lee, age 67, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Citizens Memorial Health Care in Bolivar, Missouri. He was born September 23, 1951, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of Frank James Lee and Mary Virginia Sheehy Lee. Roger accumulated many friends while attending primary school in Prescott, Kansas. His family later moved to Pittsburg, Kansas where Roger graduated from high school in 1969. Roger was extremely active in sports, particularly basketball and track. Roger held the PHS and State Records for the mile run at 4 minutes and 23.5 seconds. The PHS record still stands today. He married Linda Spencer on February 6, 1971, at Ft. Scott. Roger worked as an assistant manager for Hammond Seed & Grain for twenty years. He later retired from Bourbon County where he worked as a field appraiser. He was active with the Army Reserve for several years. Roger was an avid sportsman throughout his life. He loved hunting and fishing and shared this passion with his many buddies in the Hammond Community. He loved catching catfish . . . the bigger the better, and if asked where he caught them his reply was always “In the mouth” or “In the water.” Roger shared many a fishing story with whoever wanted to listen. The fish continued to grow bigger each time the story was told. Roger’s other passions were his garden and his grandchildren. Roger spent many hours country cruising with his grandkids “thinking” they were driving and singing songs at the top of their lungs.
Survivors include his former wife and friend, Linda, of Ft. Scott; his son, Thomas Lee of Joplin, Missouri and his daughter, Nicole Lee, of Pittsburg, Kansas. He is also survived by the “lights of his life,” – the grandkids; three grandsons, Spencer Lee, Alex Lee VanLeeuwen and Kane Shepard and his “baby girls”, Ivy Kaie Lee and KynLee Rose Lee. Also surviving is his brother, Kevin Lee of Bolivar, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frank Lee, Jr. and two sisters, Debbie Applegate and Diana Deere.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 20th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery. After services at the cemetery, a reception will be held at the Hammond Community Building. Memorials are suggested to the Roger Lee Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 374, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.