George Allen Lee, 83, died Thursday (June 19, 2003) at the Veteran's Hospital in Omaha.
He was born Oct. 7, 1919, at Madrid, to Emery and Sadie Frances (Shuler) Lee. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Ogallala where he attended school. He worked for his father on the family farm and also helped work on the Kingsley Dam at Lake McConaughey. While living in Ogallala he managed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club for a year.
On Feb. 11, 1939, he married Maysel L. Wheeler. They had two children, Claudia and James, before he joined the U.S. Air Force in May of 1943. He served in England during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. After his return from the service, he farmed again with his father and managed the VFW Club in Ogallala. He farmed and followed the wheat harvest from Texas into North Dakota for several years. It was at this time they had two more children, Emery and Georgia. The family moved to Rapid City, S.D. in 1950, where he worked on road construction and also on construction at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He would work in South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah before moving to McCook in 1969. He was employed in McCook by Wallace Construction and Missouri Valley before starting his own cement and demolition company in 1974. He retired in 2001, due to failing health.
He was a member of the Bernard Elbert VFW Post No. 1652 and was Commander of the post from 1980-2002 and was also District No. 5 Commander for two years. He was a member of the McCook Eagles and the Elks Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Charles Lee; two sisters, Nellie Mayden and Maxine Madison; and one grandson, Wayne Scovel, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Maysel Lee of McCook; two sons, James Lee and fiancée, Jenny of Spearfish, S.D. and Emery Lee wife, Carol of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two daughters, Claudia Scovel of Rapid City, S.D. and Georgia Lee of Piedmont, S.D.; one sister, Emma Nowak, of Ogallala; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be Monday, 2 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. The body will be cremated after the service and inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis, S.D., at a later time.
Visitation will be Saturday morning, 9 a.m. until noon and Sunday 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Monday morning until noon. Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.