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     On Sunday morning, January 15, Wesley William Lee joined his Lord, his wife Jeanne of 66 years, his infant daughter Martha, and perhaps his beloved Belgian Tervuren, Lobo, in heaven.


    In his own words, Wes described his birth: "I was born in a typical Minnesota blizzard early in the morning of February 28, 1920 in a farm house five miles south and two miles west of Dodge Center, MN.  My mother told me that Dr. Flores got to our place with his horse and sleigh about twenty minutes before me." 


     Wes grew up on farms in Minnesota and Iowa. He married Mary Jeanne Meetze on June 17, 1944. After five years in the Army during WWII, they took up farming in northern Iowa. In 1956, they moved to Lake Worth, FL, for three years, where they owned and operated a Western Auto store. They bought a farm east of Lamar in 1959. In addition to farming, Wes owned The Land Office, a real estate company specializing in farmland. He also pioneered the first self-storage business in Lamar, on Hwy. 160 just east of town.


     After 37 years in Lamar, Wes & Jeanne moved to Columbia, MO, to be near family. In 2005, they moved to Albuquerque, NM, where they shared a home with their youngest son.


     Wes loved farming, church, woodworking, RV travels in his retirement, all little kids and most big ones. He was a formidable Scrabble player!


     He was preceded in death by his wife in 2010 and two daughters, Martha in 1951 and Christie in 2007, his only sister and two of his three brothers. He is survived by sons Eric (& Ann) Lee of Misawa, Japan, Andy (& Diane) Lee of Albuquerque, NM, and Patrick (& Cathy) Lee of Ashland, MO. Grandchildren number 13: Josh and Aaron Maddox (Christie’s); Chris Lee and Tori Wiessner (Eric’s); Jessica Chicago, Katie Price and Anthony Lee (Andy’s); and Rebecca Haasis, Shannon Hein, Joanna Graham, Martha Lewis, Jervon Johnson and Jerry Johnson (Patrick’s). Five great-grandchildren round out Wes’ legacy: Aiden Chicago, Adara & Cale Hein, and Elsa & Lily Haasis.


      Services will be at 2 PM, Saturday, January 21, at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.


     Memorial donations can be made in his name to a favored charity, East Central Ministries, which serves the poor in Albuquerque.  Please earmark them for “Samaritan Services,” a division of ECM that serves widows and orphans. Donations can be made online at or through Daniel Funeral Home. 


#7 LamarJeff & Margaret Phipps 2012-01-21 13:04
So sorry to hear of your loss. Wes will be missed dearly. During your time of sorrow, just keep in mind that you will all meet with him again.
#6 Doylestown, PAGail Linenberg 2012-01-18 20:28
I never knew Wes, but I know his son, Eric and wife, Ann. That he spawned such a fine son is reason enough to celebrate his life. My condolences to the family....
#5 Spring Hill, TNJessica Chicago 2012-01-18 14:46
My grandad is such a precious man! I know he's alive in heaven, and stays alive here through his stories, memories, legacy, character, family, and furniture - I realized recently that there is a Wes Lee piece in every room in my house. Love him so much. I know I'll see him again.
#4 Lee\'s Summit, MORebecca Haasis 2012-01-18 12:30
My Granddad was not only my grandfather, he was also my friend. I'm thankful for the example he set in this life. Knowing that I will see him again in the next life brings great joy and comfort! Like I wrote to him in my last email, 'Until I see you again, Granddad, I love you!'
#3 St. Louis, MOMartha 2012-01-17 20:28
For many of my peers, a grandparent is just an elderly relative whom you see a few times a year & gives you money. Not so for me, my granddad was one of my dearest friends. He was my favorite person as a little girl, and quite honestly that didn't change too much growing up. He wasn't perfect, but I have always thought the world of him, & I always will. It's true he is still VERY much alive, though I will miss him in the days to come until I am with him. So proud & grateful to have the honor of this man being my Granddad.
#2 Lamar,MissouriRichard Ryan 2012-01-17 08:57
I always enjoyed visiting with Wes and his wife when they were Lamar residents. Wes was a fine gentleman that I was proud to call friend.
#1 St. Louis, MOShannon 2012-01-16 19:25
My Granddad was one of the most amazing people in my life. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to gather with friends and family and remember him. I've been signing off all my emails to him these past weeks with "So long for now", cause this isn't the end. We'll celebrate him now, and celebrate WITH him in heaven someday.

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