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Spec Zane Thompson Lee
Birth: Jan. 9, 1992
Boone County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 2012
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Spc Zane Thompson Lee, 20, passed away on July 8, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN surrounded by his loving family and comrades. Services will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Columbia Cemetery with full Military Honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, July 13, 2012 and from Noon until time of the service on Saturday.

Zane was born January 9, 1992 in Columbia, MO to John and Cecilia Wolfmeier Lee.

He was involved in Scouting and, in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, he received his Eagle Scout in 2009. Zane began his military service in 2009 with the U. S. Army Reserves 7228 Medical Support Unit in Columbia. He was a 2010 graduate of Hickman High School and was accepted to Columbia College on May 31, 2012.

Survivors include his parents, his sister, Jordan, his fiancee', Katelyn Cockrell and her family, Jerry, April, and Kortney Cockrell; grandparents, Charles and Carol Lee of Columbia and Gene and Edith Wolfmeier of Fulton; great-grandfather, Raymond Lee of Columbia; uncles, Jim Lee and wife, Christy of Centralia and Mike Lee and wife, Wendy of Pfafftown, North Carolina; cousins, Boone, Britlyn, and Piper Lee of Centralia, Regan and Chase Lee of Pfafftown, and Kalyn and Bryce Wolfmeier of Fulton and his canine companion, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Lavenia Lee.

Memorial contributions are suggested Mid-Missouri Honor Flight, Boy Scouts of America - Great Rivers Council, Central Missouri Humane Society or the U. S. Army Family Readiness Group of Columbia, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Avenue., Columbia, MO 65202.


Zane Lee, a 20-year-old Army Reserves specialist from Columbia, died last weekend in Indiana.

Lee worked on medical records and had been activated and stationed at Camp Atterbury.

Lee's father, John Lee, described his son as an intense listener and a "very deep-thinking analytical person." He was interested in people, politics, video games, computers, relationships, his dog, his fiancee and his future, John said.

"We're finding out he was a hero to more people than we ever imagined," John Lee said.

He said the family has seen an outpouring of support since his son's death, including from the military.

Lee loved animals, his father said, and he recalled when he took in a rescue dog and regretted not rescuing the whole litter. He was a third-generation Eagle Scout, and John Lee said the points of the Scout law, such as being trustworthy, loyal and helpful, all described his son.

He was never careless in what he said, John Lee said, and always made sure he was informed before making a point. Lee remembered everything he learned, even years later, he said, and he enjoyed writing poetry.

Phil Overeem, who taught Lee's senior English class at Hickman High School and got to know him through the school's radio station, said he remembers that Lee wrote "really good poetry." He was "somebody you looked forward to see coming into your class every day," Overeem said, and combined some traits you "don't usually see combined in a kid." He pointed to Lee's love of poetry and his interest in the military.

He said he remembered Lee as someone who made friends across all walks of life. "To me, that's a sign of a good soul," he said.

Lee enlisted in the Army Reserves in 2009, when he was still a student at Hickman. He received an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Service ribbon, said Kristen Schabert, a public affairs officer at Fort Knox, Ky.

Survivors include his parents; a sister, Jordan; and his fiancee, Katelyn Cockrell, among other family members.

Lee was a loyal friend who made an impact on people's lives, Overeem said.

"He will live on through that impact. If there's a silver lining, that would be it," he said.



I'd never been so stunned before,
or given up on faith,
I'd never felt my tears so hot
streaming down my face,
I'd never felt completely lost
Or wished something effaced.
I'd never had my heart torn out before July the 8th.

I'd never been so angry
or hoped my world would freeze
I'd never wished so hard and long,
or lived with such unease.
I'd never bought a long black dress,
I'd never felt real grief,
I'd never felt so empty
Before July 14th.

July is known for sunshine,
but it's raining from my eyes.
It's storming in my heart,
But above is a clear sky.
the 8th I learned an accident
would cause a forced goodbye,
I saw my best friend buried
The 14th of July.

Written by Heather Lenae Cole, friend of Zane.
Heather passed away on October 4, 2013 in a fatal car accident. Please visit Heather's memorial in my virtual cemetery - Gone To Soon.
Another sweet soul "gone to soon". 
Front - Son, Brother, Friend
Back: Son of John and Cecilia (Wolfmeier) Lee
Brother of Jordan Taylour Lee
Grandson of Charles and Carol (Thompson) Lee
Grandson of Gene and Edith (Stiers) Wolfmeier
Columbia Cemetery
Boone County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Single grave in the SW 1/4 of lot 11, Block Elmwood NW
Created by: Zane's Mom
Record added: Jul 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93327739
Spec Zane Thompson Lee
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Spec Zane Thompson Lee
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Spec Zane Thompson Lee
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