Former Eagle River resident Robert E. Lee, 72, died July 2, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz., with his family at his side.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at East Lemonweir Lutheran Church in Elroy, Wis., with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.
Mr. Lee was born June 9, 1928, in Fountain Township, Juneau County, Wis., to Henry and Hazel Lee. He was confirmed in 1942 at East Lemonweir Lutheran Church in Elroy. He graduated from Elroy High School in 1945.
On Dec. 10, 1947, he married his sweetheart, Mary Louise Ormson, whom he had known since age 8.
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, he lived in Holmen, Wis., Casa Grande, Ariz., Eagle River during the mid to late '90s and, most recently, Cochise, Ariz.
His family wrote: "An avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller, Dad was always proud to introduce himself as Robert E. Lee. His passion was racing horses, riding and his hunting dogs. Dad spoke often of his adventures hunting in the hills of Wisconsin with his fox and 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 wife of 52 years, Mary L. Lee of Cochise; daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Douglas McCallum of Sussex, Wis.; sons and daughter-in-law, John and Joanna Lee of Palmer and Ron Lee of Anchorage; brothers and sister-in-law, Arthur and Caroline Lee of Black River Falls, Wis., and Gordon Lee of LaFarge, Wis.; aunt, Romelle Kingston of Monona, Wis.; grandchildren, Brad and Laura McCallum of Wisconsin, Reanna and Robert Conrad Lee, and Sherilee Sullivan; and great-grandsons, Connor, Hunter and Rilee Sullivan of Palmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Raymond and Allen Lee.
Cards to the family may be sent to Kehl's Palmer Mortuary, 209 S. Alaska St., Palmer 99645.
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