Joe Lee, 92, El Dorado passed away Thursday (July 4, 2019)

Joe's life began on August 19, 1926; the son of John and Rhoda (Starkey) Lee in Wichita. His family moved to Augusta when he was only two. He remained an Augusta resident until he met Bobbie McKown. Joe and Bobbie were married on May 7, 1948, at the First Christian Church Parsonage in El Dorado. They had celebrated 71 years together. 

Joe worked for the Gas Service Company for 44 years. After retiring he went back to work for Walters Flowers for 14 years. Joe enjoyed watching his beloved Jayhawks, Chicago Cubs and Butler football. One of Joe's greatest passions was coaching his son, nieces, nephews and cousins in many sports. Joe faithfully served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado. 

Joe's greatest joy was his family, which includes his wife, Bobbie of El Dorado; son Larry (Carol) Lee of El Dorado; sister-in-law Marilyn McKown of El Dorado, brother-in-law Larry (Sandy) McKown of Wichita as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Rhoda Lee; in-laws Lawrence and Estie McKown; siblings Dale (Audra) Lee, Orie (Ramona) Lee, infant Alice Lee, Phyllis (Dayle) Showalter and Sally (Dwight) Shrout. 

Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday (July 12, 2019) at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home where his funeral service will by held at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 13, 2019). Joe will be laid to rest at Walnut Valley Memorial Park with full military honors. Memorial contributions in Joe's name may be directed to the Dementia Society of America. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Joe at www.carlsoncolonial.com