Kenneth E. 'Jack' Lee
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Kenneth E. "Jack" Lee, 81, left this earth to join his heavenly family June 17, 2013.
He was born May 21, 1932, to Dorry and Letha Jane Lee in Bowling Green, Mo. His family came west in 1938 and settled in Dorris, Calif., where his father found work in the local mill.
He was a gifted athlete in school and was signed by the Boston Braves baseball organization right out of high school. He later went on to play for the Phillies and Yankees organizations as well.
While pitching for the Gems in the summer of 1951, he was heckled by a beautiful brunette in the stands named Myra Lien. Surprisingly, the two struck up a fast friendship that led to love and they married in September 1953.
Jack's baseball career was interrupted when he was drafted during the Korean War. After serving in the U.S. Airforce for four years, he returned to play baseball. Their first daughter Karen was born in 1957. When their youngest daughter Linda was born in 1960, he hung up his glove and went to work in retail management so he could spend more time with his family.
After many years of moving his "girls" around Oregon as a manager for Pay Less Drug Stores, he retired from retail and was called back into baseball by his "old friends in the game." He became a regional scout for the Boston Red Sox for many years and was named scout of the year in 1993.
He retired again and returned to Klamath Falls in 2002 to be near his sisters and daughter Linda.
Our father lived for his family. He was our hero and we feel amazingly blessed to have been the recipients of his devotion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Ernestine, Leo, Vivian and Edwin and his wife of 28 years, Myra.
He is survived by his sister Hazel of Macdoel, Calif.; his two daughters and their husbands Karen and Robert Turnbow of Salem, Ore., and Linda and Rex DeLawyer of Klamath Falls; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dear friends Norm and Kathy Bechtel of Albany, Ore.
At his request, no services will be conducted.
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Published in Herald And News on June 21, 2013