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June 14th, 2021

Ivan Ralph Lee, 73, of Colby, died Friday, June 4, 2021, at Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita. 

He was born Oct. 7, 1947 to George Leslie and Wanda (LaRue) Lee in Burlington, Colo.

He married Leta Delay Nov. 11, 1966. She survives.

He graduated high school in Liberal, KS and served in the United States Army. He was a Vietnam Vet and was part of the Big Red One. 

After the military, he continued to serve others as a fireman. 

He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and Kiwanis. 

Survivors also include children, Robert (Kelly) Lee, Colby, and Tonja Lee, Colby; grandsons, Braydon and Parker Lazaro; sisters, Pearl Kaspari, Sutherland, Neb., and Judy Volden, Dumas, Texas; brother, Steven Lee, Park City; sister-in-law, Deanna Delay Williams, Topeka; and brother-in-law, Guy E. (Doretta) Delay, Hugoton. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Chester Thomas; father-in-law, Wilmer Dean Delay; mother-in-law, Barbara Lee (Bundy) Delay; and brothers-in-law: James Edward Kaspari, Gary Volden and Leon Williams.

• Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Baalmann Mortuary in Colby. 

Memorials are suggested to the Colby Fire Department, for equipment, and sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. 

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