OMAHA, Neb. - Dr. Robert William Lee was born in Nevada, Iowa, on September 10, 1917 to parents, William and Mabel McConnell Lee. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nadine Lee Diamond; son, James Lee; daughter-in- law, Suzanne Orres Lee; sister-in-law, Audrey Matthias Uekert.
Robert Lee graduated from Nevada High School. He then attended the University of Iowa, receiving his degree in Medicine, and married Burdine Matthias in 1943. He interned at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. After serving in the Army for two years, he entered private practice in Algona, Iowa. He completed his Anesthesiology residency at the University of Oklahoma in 1952 and then served in the armed forces in Europe for two years. He and his wife, Burdine, resided in Fort Dodge, Iowa from 1956 until his retirement in 1982. They then lived in Okoboji, Iowa until 1998 when they moved to Omaha to be closer to family. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists. He served as President of the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists and also the Webster County Medical Society of Iowa.
Robert Lee was a faithful, loving husband and father to children: Dr. William Lee (Valerie), James Lee (Sharon), Dr. Thomas Lee (Karen), Mary Lee Penney (Steve), Dr. Marcia Lee Kelley (Dr. John), Laura Lee McQueen, and Christine Lee Greene (Dr. George); 17 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Bob and Burdine were married for 70 years. He enjoyed being in Okoboji with his family and friends, fishing, ham radio, crossword puzzles, travel, and gardening. He was a humble, religious man of integrity and dry Irish humor.
DR. ROBERT W. LEE
In celebration of Robert Lee's life well lived, the family will receive friends Thursday, June 26th from 6pm to 7pm with Vigil Service at 7pm at the West Center Chapel of Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Moruaries in Omaha. Memorial Mass Friday, June 27th at 10:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church. Inurnment, Corpus Christi Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010; or Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86 St., 68124.
Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124