Robert Lee (1917 - 2017)

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Robert Ezekiel Lee
Robert Ezekiel Lee, age 100, died in Nampa, ID on April 2, 2017 of natural causes. Bob was born Jan 26, 1917 in Victor, ID to William Henry and Emma Lee. He grew up in Idaho Falls, ID where his father practiced dentistry. He had an older brother, Francis and sister, Idonna.
He graduated in 1935 and attended Ricks College and University of Utah. In 1937 he began a mission for the LDS church starting in Czechoslovakia. Because of the impending World War, he was reassigned to the Eastern States Mission, finishing it in New Jersey. This is where he met a lovely redhead, Edith Dunn, who was also serving a mission in the same area. Soon after completing his mission Bob was drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1942. He was stationed in Dallas TX and spent the next few months courting his beloved Edith by letter. They were married on Aug, 8, 1942 in Dallas, TX. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple 4 months later. Dad's army service took him to the European Theater from 1943 to 1945, where he was a Technical Sergeant. After the war, Bob and Edith moved to Portland, OR where he attended University of Oregon graduating with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree. He moved to Vale, OR and then in 1954 moved to Nampa ID where his family of five children was raised. He practiced dentistry until 1984 when he retired.
Bob lived a life of commitment and service to his family, church and community. He was an active member of the LDS church, serving in the Nampa Stake Presidency for 16 years, followed by numerous callings including Bishop, and in two Mission Presidencies. He was also active in the community serving as the Kiwanis Club president twice.
Bob loved the out of doors, camping, fishing and then after retirement developing a love for his favorite hobby, photography. He was an accomplished photographer and received numerous awards from around the nation, also serving as the President of the National Photographic Society of America for a term.
He cared for his wife, Edith for several years until her passing in 2010. They celebrated 67 years together. Dad was always positive and cheerful, with a quick smile for friends, family and even strangers. His love and compassion will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his children: Dr Stephen Lee (Nancy), Linda McLean (Jeff), William Lee (Leslie), Kathleen Griswold (Jeff), and Kristine Winston (Curt); 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Nampa LDS Church located at 88 S. Happy Valley Rd in Nampa. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midland Blvd, Nampa (467-7300) and Saturday, at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. To read the full obituary or express condolences visit


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 5, 2017