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Mark Lee

Mark Lee

Monday, March 6th, 1961 Thursday, May 14th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Mark Leroy Lee

Mark Leroy Lee, 59, of Bonner Springs, KS. died Thurs. May 14, 2020 at the Overland Park, Kansas Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care. Mark was born March 6, 1961, son of Herbert and Dorothy Lee in Bonner Springs, KS. He grew up on the family vegetable farm near Bonner Springs. He graduated from Bonner Springs High School in 1979. He graduated with honors including the "Citizen of the Year Award" for his dedication to Sports Reporting for the school newspaper, the Bonner Springs Chieftain, Kansas City Kansan and the Kansas City Star.
He continued his sports writing at University of Kansas and became the KU Sports Correspondent for the Kansas City Star. Mark completed a bachelor degree in Speech and English at KU in 1983. Mark continued his education at Eastern New Mexico University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Communication in 1984. He continued to study Communications at Southern Illinois University until 1986.
While at SIU, Mark worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communications.
From 1987 to 2005, Mark was an Adjunct Instructor in English and Speech at Kansas City Community College. Mark married Kimberly Pettigrew on May 28, 1994 in Bonner Springs, KS. Mark and Kim worked together selling vegetables raised on the family farm at Farmers’ Markets in Bonner Springs, Lawrence and Leavenworth.
Throughout his life, Mark enjoyed following all of the local high school and professional sports teams. He especially enjoyed celebrating the KC Royals 2015 World Series and the KC Chiefs 2019 Super Bowl victories. Mark continued to his last days writing and typing in journals and letters to his family. Mark and Kim were members of the United Methodist Church of Bonner Springs, Kansas. Mark and Kim celebrated nearly 26 years of marriage.
Mark is survived by his wife, Kim; mother, Dorothy Bretthorst; brother, David Lee all of Bonner Springs, KS. His sister, Jolinda (Clinton) Allerdings of Plevna, MT. two nieces, Brandi Allerdings of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Nicole Allerdings of Spearfish, SD. Mother and father-in-law Joyce and Bill Pettigrew and grandmother-in -law Goldie Clemons. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Lee in 2017.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church of Bonner Springs, KS.

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    Bonner Springs Cemetery
    Metropolitan and Sheidley
    BONNER SPRINGS, KS
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Troy “TAB” Bastion

I can truly say I never knew a kinder, more friendly soul than Mark. I do not believe the concept of “hate” was even in his wiring. Mark was the all-around man. He tended the land, prided his education, taught and informed others. We all tend to drift after high school, go our own way. I had not seen Mark in all of those years, but thought of him, often. Mark knew I loved turnips, and often brought them to school, where we worked on the newspaper staff, together. Rest In Peace, Mark. You touched lives.
Comment | Posted at 06:45pm via Condolence
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Phyllis And Craig Laurion

Dorothy I am so sorry for your loss. Wish I could give you a big hug. Remember all the good memories and take comfort in them.
Comment | Posted at 06:21pm via Condolence
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Sharon Hall

My Deepest Sympathy Dorothy. May your memories bring you heartfelt comfort. Prayers are with you and your family.
Sharon Hall
Comment | Posted at 04:46pm via Condolence
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