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In Memory of

Robert E. LEE

July 4, 1935 - March 4, 2017

Obituary


Bob Lee, 81, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Boone Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 25, 2107 at the First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO. Bob touched many lives during his time in Columbia, Missouri, and he will be missed by his family, his friends and all those he touched during his many years as a student, teacher and coach in Columbia, Missouri.



Bob was born July 4, 1935 in East Prairie, Missouri to James Leftwich Lee and Esther Louise Ray....

Bob Lee, 81, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Boone Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 25, 2107 at the First Baptist Church, 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, MO. Bob touched many lives during his time in Columbia, Missouri, and he will be missed by his family, his friends and all those he touched during his many years as a student, teacher and coach in Columbia, Missouri.



Bob was born July 4, 1935 in East Prairie, Missouri to James Leftwich Lee and Esther Louise Ray. He was raised on the family farm in Southeast Missouri before the family moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1949. In 1951, Bob was a starter for the undefeated Hickman High School football team, a feat that would not be repeated by Hickman until 1973, when Bob was serving as an assistant football coach. Bob graduated from Hickman in 1954 where he played football serving as the team’s co-captain, and he also played basketball and participated in track, where he won the state shot put championship in 1954, forty years after his dad won the same title in 1914. After graduating from high school, Bob attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he played football on athletic scholarship with the Missouri Football Tigers from 1954 to 1957, attaining a bachelor’s degree in secondary physical education in 1959. In 1957, Bob was named “Columbia’s Best College Athlete” by the Downtown Optimist Club and the Columbia Missourian. After graduating from college, Bob played for the NFL’s Boston Patriots in 1960, followed by a stint with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders in 1961. Thereafter, Bob then completed his Master’s Degree at MU and married Marilynn Arnold on August 1, 1964. In 1966, Bob and Marilynn had one son, Robert E. Lee, Jr., who survives his father together with Bob’s wife, Marilynn A. Lee.



After completing his first teaching assignment at Willow Springs, Missouri, Bob was hired as head football and wrestling coach in 1963, at Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri. In 1965, Bob returned to Hickman, where he taught also coached as an assistant football coach for over 30 years, in addition to coaching basketball, track and wrestling. In 2015, Bob’s lifetime athletic achievements were recognized when he was named to the Columbia Daily Tribune’s All-Time, All-Mid Missouri MU Football Team.



Bob was preceded in death by his parents James and Esther Lee, and his brothers David Lee and Jim Lee, Jr. Bob is survived by his wife, Marilynn; son, Robert E. Lee, Jr of Little Rock, Arkansas, and his adopted son, Ricardo Fontg as well as his daughter-in-law, Steffanie Stracke and his grandchildren Alex and Andres Fontg of Leawood, Kansas. Bob is also survived by his siblings, Mary Schmidt of Columbia, Missouri, Margaret Hart of Columbia, Missouri, Owen Lee, of Jacksonville, Florida, and Louise Hart of Randolph County, Indiana, as well as their respective spouses and extended family.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Mizzou Scholarship Fund at his beloved alma matter, the University of Missouri – Columbia.