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Ray Lee

February 13, 1948 — November 28, 2020

Ray Lee, 72, of Shelton, NE died November 28, 2020 at CHI St. Francis after a long health battle.

Funeral service for the family will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with Rev. Carla Gunn officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Shelton Cemetery with a drive by visitation from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm. Visitation will be from 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Shelton Legion baseball and the family for later designation. A livestream of the service will be available on the Apfel Funeral Home Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ApfelFuneralHome Masks and social distancing will be required while in the building.

Ray was born on February 13, 1948 in Kearney, NE to Elbert and Mary Lee. He grew up in Shelton. Graduating from Shelton Public Schools in 1966. While in school he participated in all sports. He still holds the single game scoring record in basketball.

He was united in marriage to Nancy Weeks on March 18, 1972 at Kenesaw, NE. The couple then made their home in Shelton.

Ray entered the United States Army on January 14, 1969. Serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on January 13, 1975.

After returning from Vietnam, he worked at Eaton’s in Kearney for over 38 years. In his retirement, he worked for Apfel Funeral Home until his illness.

Ray was inducted in the Shelton Baseball Hall of Fame for 40 years of devoted, unwavering, and tireless work that he put into the program.

He was a member of the Shelton United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW, and President of bowling league. He enjoyed spending time with family, watching grandkids play sports, watching college football, especially the Huskers and socializing with friends.

Those left to remember Ray are his wife, Nancy Lee of Shelton, NE; children, Kevin Lee of Jacksonville, FL, Kyle (AJ) Lee of Kearney, NE and Michelle (Eric) Simmons; grandchildren, Kayla, Krista, Karter, Kennedy, Miles and Cash; sister-in-law, Susan (Rob) Stoppkotte of Grand Island and brother-in-law Stan Weeks.

Preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Jo (Milton) Ahrens.

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Visitation

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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funeral services

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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