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Buell Lee, Casey Co., KY native (1917-2011)

He was a wonderful man, born in Casey Co., KY in 1917 and attended Casey County schools. When his mother died when he was nine years old, it became his responsibility to help his father raise the other children. Later, as a young man, he moved to Indiana to find work and also found the love of his life, Beatrice Emerson Lee. The marriage endured 64 years until her death in 2004. He was a successful contractor in Franklin, IN. He was a man of boundless energy. He loved to make things grow, and always planted far more than his family would ever need, so he would have plenty to share with anyone in need. He loved the Lord and read the Bible daily. He loved people and with his engaging smile he never met a stranger. He will be returned to his final earthly resting place in his beloved Liberty, Casey Co, KY.

Buell Lee passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the age of 93. He was a longtime Franklin, IN, resident and had been a patient at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin for the past four months.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11amET/10amCT, Saturday, March 26, 2011, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville ST, Liberty, Ky. Visitation will be from 4pm-8pmET/3pm-7pmCT, Friday at the funeral home, and also prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in Whited Cemetery in Liberty, KY. Wanda Carter, his niece, will preside at the funeral.

Buell Lee, Casey Co., KY native (1917-2011)

Buell was born on Sunday, June 9, 1917 in Casey Co, KY, the first child of his parents, James Robert Lee and Cynthia Wethington Lee. He died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Franklin, Johnson Co., IN, at the age of 93 years, 8 months, and 13 days.

His mother died when he was just nine years old and as the oldest child, it was necessary that he help his father raise the other children. His father later married Annie Hardwick, a wonderful woman who loved being the mother and grandmother to everyone in the large family.

Buell attended Casey County schools and as a young man, left the area for work in Indiana. Buell married his sweetheart, Beatrice Emerson Lee on October 15, 1937 in Danville. They enjoyed 64 years of married life together until Bea's death on December 8, 2004. They moved to Franklin, IN, during 1947 and raised their children there.

Buell was a contractor in the Franklin area during the ensuing years, even continuing to do small carpentry jobs for those in the area until he was in his late 80s.

He was a man with boundless energy who always needed to be busy. He loved to watch things grow and every year raised a large garden. He always planted far more than his family could put to use and loved sharing his bountiful crops with anybody in need.

Buell loved the Lord and read his Bible daily until his eyesight failed and he could no longer do so. He loved people - never meeting a stranger. He was friendly and outgoing and kind. He had a beautiful smile and people loved being around him - including the nurses who took care of him.

Survivors include the following:
  • His children: Hazel (Richard) Goode of Franklin; Glenn Lee (Karen) of Summerfield, FL., and Garneda (Kent) Petersen of Olathe, KS

  • Grandchildren: Sherrie Blackwell of Franklin, IN; Mike Goode of McCordsville, IN; Ashley Rostanzo of Indianapolis, IN; Eric Pierce (Dianna) of Trafalgar, IN; Susan Petersen of Billings, MT; Jonathan Pierce (Leslie) of Overland Park, KS; Scott Petersen (Amy) of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Stephen Petersen (Jen) of Milwaukee, WI

  • Great-grandchildren: Jason Blackwell of Kentucky, Meri Harrington of Washington, Zach Goode of McCordsville, IN; Allison and Andrew Pierce of Trafalgar, IN; and Dalton and Sydney Petersen of Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • Five great-great-grandchildren

  • Siblings, Dossie Allen and Delores Pinkerton, both of Kentucky; Ron Lee of Indiana, Robert Lee of Kentucky, Freda Siegel of Indiana, Alice Harper of Tennesee, and Frances Riley and Willis Lee, both of Kentucky

  • Many nieces and nephews also survive, as does his special friend, Clara Wallace, of Greenwood.
Buell was preceded in death by his wife; parents; stepmother; two brothers, Ewell and infant Archie; and two sisters, Opal and Dorothy.The family asks that any donations be made in memory of Buell to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96 St., Indianapolis, IN 46278.

McKinney-Burton Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville ST, Liberty, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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Buell Lee, Casey Co., KY native (1917-2011)

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