|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1913|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1991|
Source of Obituary:"MUSCATINE JOURNAL", Muscatine, Iowa, Wednesday, June 26, 1991
Lee McKee---- Lee L. McKee, 78, of 1820 Briarwood Lane, Muscatine, Iowa died Wednesday morning June 26, 1991, at his home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, at the First Presbyterian Church. Organist will be Joan Beaumont. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Toborg, Jack Delveau, Harry L. McKee, Vern Lang, Joel Hetzler, Clark Pantel, James Duffield, Ray Zeug, Dr. Ernest House, W. G. Nyweide, Harold Pace Sr., and Terrance Mealy. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Muscatine Community Nursing Services or Amateur Radio Missionary Service.
Lee was born June 26, 1913, in Muscatine, the son of L. RANSOM and GENEVA ESTELLE MILLER McKee.
He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1932 and with the class of 1935 at Muscatine Community College.
He was united in marriage to Corrine Hetzler on Dec. 12, 1937, at New Era, Iowa.
Mr. McKee was an amateur radio enthusiast, licensed of age 13, known by the call letters WOBX. Hed held an advanced radio license with F.C.C. and was a life member of the Quarter Century Wireless Operators Association and a charter life member of American Radio Relay League.
He was also a member of the DX Century Club, Old Timers Club, Single Side Band Association and Amateur Radio Missionary Service.
He was a civilian instructor in electronics and Morse Code for the military in World War II in Lexington, Ky., and served as Muscatine County Emergency Communication Coordinator for many years.
In 1945, he became a downtown merchant, the founder, owner, and president of Muscatine Seed and Supply, Agri Products, and McKee Appliances retiring in 1978.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church serving as deacon, elder, and trustee, and president of the Presbyterian Men's Club. Other memberships included, founding board member of Muscatine County Community Workshop, life member of MCC Alumni Association lifelong member of Boy Scouts of America, life member of Elks Lodge No. 304, 25-year member of American Red Cross (local), 25-year member of National Grange, Iowa Lodge No. 2 AF&AM, Davenport Consistory, Scottish Rite 32-degree Mason, past president of 33 Club, past president and honorary member of Kiwanis Club. He served on the boards of the United Fund, Public Health Nursing, and the YMCA. He was also a director of the Muscatine Savings and Loan Association.
Survivors include his wife Corrine E. McKee;
CARMAN RADA of Iowa City, and
JANET CHALLENDER and son-in-law Paul Challender, of Emporia, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Nancy McKee, of Muscatine;
his mother-in-law, Frieda Hetzler, of Lutheran Homes;
and grandchildren, Lee Anne Rada Gates, of New York; Scott Rada, of LaCrosse, Wis., Camella Challender, Amelia Challender, and Megan Challender, all of Emporia; one great-grandson, Paul Gates, of New York;
two brothers, Clifford R. McKee, of Muscatine;
and Dr. John McKee, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Margery Lee, a son, Ransom Lewis McKee, a brother, Harry G. and a sister, Carolyn.
Corrine Elizabeth Hetzler McKee (1915 - 2012)
Ransom L. McKee (1945 - 1979)*
Margery Lee McKee (1952 - 1955)*
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