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Capt Kenneth Marvin Lee
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1918
Pine Ridge
Oglala Lakota County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Nov., 2007
Johnson County
Wyoming, USA

Ken Lee, 89, of Buffalo, S.D. passed away quietly at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo.

Services to honor his passing will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Buffalo with the Rev. Russ Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, with Military Graveside Honors to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Ken's memory to St. Luke's Episcopal Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams St., Buffalo.

Kenneth Marvin Lee was born on March 5, 1918 in Pine Ridge, to James and Grace Lee. He grew up in Denby, S.D. and graduated from Denby High School in 1936. After high school he attended Wahpeton Business College in Wahpeton, N.D. for two years. After college he worked at the Pine Ridge Indian Agency as a purchasing agent.

He was married on May 10, 1941 in Alliance, Neb., to Rebecca Furze and they made their home in Pine Ridge.

Ken joined the U.S. Air Force in October of 1942 and served as a navigator in B-24 Bombers serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He flew missions in Central Burma, India Burma and the China Defense. During WWII Captain Ken Lee received three Bronze Stars for meritorious service.

After the war he returned to Lead, where he was a court reporter. Becky and Ken lived and raised their family in Lead until his retirement in 1982. They continued living in Lead until 1991 when they moved to Buffalo where they lived until the time of his death. He had been a resident of the Amie Holt Care Center for the past four years.

Ken was a member of Kiwanis and served as their State President.

In his younger years he was a baseball player and loved softball, bowling and was a cribbage champion.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rebecca J. Lee of Buffalo; one daughter, Emily Whipple and her husband Don of Buffalo; one son David Lee and his wife Joan of Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Black Hills Pioneer November 02, 2007

Family Members


James J Lee1889 1970
Grace H Keith1891 1971


James Lawson Lee 1910 1981
Emma Margaret Lee 1911
Gladys Marie Lee 1913 2002
Emil Leonard Lee 1915
Delbert Edward Lee 1922 1957
Family links: 
  James J Lee (1889 - 1970)
  Rebecca Jane Furze Lee (1917 - 2016)*
  James Lawson Lee (1910 - 1981)*
  Emma Margaret Lee Kesler (1911 - 2003)*
  Gladys Marie Lee Ecker (1913 - 2002)*
  Leonard Emil Lee (1915 - 2000)*
  Kenneth Marvin Lee (1918 - 2007)
  Delbert Edward Lee (1922 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Black Hills National Cemetery
Meade County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Section H Site 617
Maintained by: Blue Rose Of Cairo
Originally Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Nov 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22642834
Capt Kenneth Marvin Lee
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Capt Kenneth Marvin Lee
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 Added: Mar. 19, 2013
CAPT USAAF WWII - Buried: Section H Site 617.
 Added: Jul. 30, 2008

- In memory of Scott
 Added: Nov. 3, 2007

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