Thomas Brown Lee Jr.
Aug. 8, 1920— Oct. 7, 2013
KISMET — Funeral services for Thomas “Tommy” Brown Lee Jr., 93, of Kismet, Mo., who died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Plains, Mo.
Burial will follow in the Plains Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Liberal National Guard under the direction of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary.
A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Kingswood Senior Living Community in Kansas City.
Mr. Lee was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Woodville.
Mr. Lee was known as “Teeter” to family and friends. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight engineer for B22s. When he was stationed at the Liberal, Kan. air base, he met and married his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth “Bette” Singley. He farmed during his entire life at the original Singley farm east of Kismet. In 2007, the Lee’s relocated to Liberal and in 2009 to the Kingswood Senior Living Community.
Mr. Lee was active as a civic leader in his community and served on the Kismet and Southwestern Heights school boards, the Southwest Medical Center board, and the Seward County ASC board. He was a member of the Liberal Elks Club, the Kismet Lions Club, American Legion Post 312, and a founding member of the Liberal Forty and Eight Club. In addition to his community service, he will be remembered by his family and friends for his quick wit and fast speech, his jokes and good humor, and his affection for children.
Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Leissa Shahrak and Lori Royal of Kansas City, Mari McGraw of Natchez, and Kari Urbanz of Leesburg, Kan.; one son, Thomas Lee of South Lake, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Lee’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.