George Lee Jr., 84, lifetime Perkins County rancher and farmer, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant.

George was born to George and Margaret (Duggan) Lee on Aug. 4, 1933, the third of six children. He was raised on a farm and ranch southwest of Elsie.

George attended rural school before graduating from Elsie High School in 1951. Following graduation, George was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served from 1952-1954.

George married Betty Louise Hampton on May 17, 1958 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala. To this blessed union four children were born, Kathy (Dennis) O’Dell of Evans, Colo., Carma (Duane) Weisbrook of Bushnell, George (Leslie) Lee III of rural Elsie, and Karen Newbrey of Tucson, Ariz.

These unions brought them eight grandchildren whom they loved to spoil, Tim (Lindsey) Weisbrook, Derek (Brandi) Huntley, Tyler (Katherine) Weisbrook, Dakota (Mike) Six, Tailor (Jack) McGraw, Ellie  Lee (fiance John Marquardt), Tristan Newbrey, and George Cord Lee and six great grandchildren, Jay, Anthony, and Nicole Weisbrook, Rylee Six, Shana Huntley, and Owen McGraw.

Faith was important to George. He was an active member of the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in Elsie. He helped start the Wallace Roping Club.

He was honored with the Old Timer’s Buckle in 2006. George enjoyed raising horses and cattle, and he had a keen eye for top quality in both. He was a sports fan, but he especially enjoyed watching his grandkids in their activities.

George loved getting together with family and friends, farming and ranching with his brothers, and whether working or relaxing, he enjoyed life.

George will be long remembered for his love of the land and the livestock, his hearty laugh, his love of family, and friends. In George’s own words, “I’ve had a great life!”

George is survived by his brothers, Jim (Dorie) and Vince; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Hampton and Janet Lee; and other relatives.

George is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 54 years, Betty; brothers, Jack and Bill; sister, Regina Longcor; sisters-in-law, Patsy and Betty Earl Lee; brothers-in-law, Harold (Sonny) Hampton and Jim Longcor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant with Fr. Thomas Bush officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 1-5 p.m. at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant, which is in charge of arrangements, with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church or the Wallace Roping Club in George’s memory. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com.