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Albert Duan "Dude" Lee

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Albert Duan "Dude" Lee died in the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Mo., on Nov. 10, 2012.

He was born March 26, 1925, to Albert Hardy Lee and Mary Etta (Stallings) Lee in Fagus, Mo., the third of 10 children. He spent his childhood in Southeast Missouri working on the family farms.

After high school he joined the US Navy during WW II and served as a boiler maker in the San Diego ship yards. Following his discharge he worked various jobs including the shipyards in Texas and the auto plants in Detroit.

He married Blanche Woolard on Aug. 4, 1951, while in college. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Jonesboro, Ark., with a degree in agricultural engineering.

Albert went to work with the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service as a water shed and tile drainage specialist. He served in several offices in Ohio and Missouri, moving to Higginsville in 1973 before retiring in 1980.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing and card playing. He spent many years umpiring baseball at the little league complex and worked the sideline chains for the Lafayette County football games.

He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 223 and enjoyed working on Bingo nights.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Blanche; three children, Glenda (Montie) Hawks of Springfield, Sam Lee, and Phil (Shelli) Lee of Higginsville; seven loving grandchildren as well as three sisters and two brothers.

Always interested in education, he donated his body to medical science, and his cremated remains will be entombed at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

Friends and family are invited to an open celebration of his life at Higginsville Lanes on Friday, Nov. 30th from 6-8 p.m.

The family requests donations may be made to the Albert Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home, 1701 Main, Higginsville, MO 64037

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