Maurice H. Lee 1921 - 2008 Topeka
Funeral services for Maurice H. Lee, 87, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel in Topeka. Burial with military honors by the Fort Riley Honor Guard will follow in Lyndon Cemetery in Lyndon. Mr. Lee died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center.He was born May 25, 1921, near Williamsburg, the son of Maurice H. and Gertrude Yockey Lee. He graduated from Quenemo High School in 1940.Mr. Lee served in the U.S. Army in the 534th Amphibian Engineer Brigade attached to the 6th Army. He served two years in the South Pacific and participated in eight invasions from New Guinea to the Philippines. He served with the occupation troops in Nagoya, Japan, after the war ended.He received a Bronze Service Arrowhead Cir 465 WD 44 Pacific Theater, American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Lee worked as a journeyman ironworker for more than 35 years. He joined the Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union Local 29 in Portland, Ore., in 1941. He was the oldest living member of Ironworkers Local 10 in Kansas City, Mo. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of McKinley Masonic Lodge 41 A.F.&A.M. in Pomona and Countryside Methodist Church in Topeka.He married Marita Brewer, of Lyndon, on Aug. 28, 1941, in Walla Walla, Wash. They shared 67 years of marriage. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a daughter, Connie Diamond and husband Lloyd, Topeka; a son, Richard A. Lee and wife Kelly, Topeka; five grandchildren, Daniel and David Diamond, Krista and Samantha Lee and Karla Lee-Rickard; and two great-grandchildren, Eric and Melissa Diamond.Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Charles Richard Lee; two brothers-in-law, Merlin and Derald Brewer; and a sister-in-law, Laverta Brewer Walter.Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the chapel.The family suggests memorials to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 N.W. Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617 or Disabled American Veterans, VAMC Building 24, Room 106G, P.O. Box 67684, Topeka, KS 66607.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.penwellgabel.com">penwellgabel.com</a>.