Michael Ray "Mick" Lee, age 63, a resident of Redfield, Kansas, died Saturday, November 1, 2008, at his home. He was born January 19, 1945, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of James Wesley Lee and Mildred Grace Samuels Lee. Mick had lived with foster parents, Leah and Louis Roweth until age six when he returned to live with his mother and step-father, Dick Keeney. Mick had served a total of eleven years with the United States Military. He first served as a naval pilot aboard the USS Hornet during the Bay of Pigs Crisis and later as an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Mick first married Sharon Coyan on May 26, 1967. They later divorced. He later married Carolyn Sue Dorsey on August 24, 2006, at Miami, Okla. He had worked as a fabricator and contractor and later worked as a maintenance crew foreman for the Fort Scott National Historic Site. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood burning and painting as well as restoring cars, collecting guns and flying. He was a member of the First United Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown, the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Arma.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home in Redfield; a son, David Lee and wife, Rebecca, Fort Scott, Kan.; three step-daughters, Carrie Stephenson, and husband, Jeff, Snowflake, Ariz., Holly Troth, and husband, David, Cottonwood, Ariz. and Lorie Hastings, and husband, Gabe, Rochester, Ind. Also surviving is a brother, Charles Lee and wife, Carolyn, Redfield, Kan., a foster-brother, Robert Roweth and wife, Linda, Redfield, Kan.; and two foster-sisters, Patty Wilson, Yates Center and Rosalee Imhoff, Cherokee, Kan.; and seven grandchildren, Akasha, Kimberly, Natalie, Robert, Brian, Wyatt, and Josh. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Large and a foster-brother, David Roweth.
Rev. Marty DeWitt will conduct graveside services at 2 p.m.., Thursday, November 6, 2008, at the Mt. Orum Cemetery near Redfield, Kan.
Friends and family will meet at the cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main., P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.