FRANCIS LEE, of Grant, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at his home.
Francis was born October 9, 1928, in Madrid, Nebraska, to Rue and Della (Costin) Lee. He attended school in Madrid prior to Curtis Agricultural College.
On January 21, 1950, Francis married Roberta Rohrbacker, and their union was blessed with 8 children. The couple made their home and farmed and ranched in the Madrid area, where they raised their family. In 1996, the couple moved to Grant.
Francis was both sharp and sociable. He never forgot a name and often held onto the impressionable details about the people he interacted with. Farming was a vocation to him, and he also had a deep love for animals, especially his cats. Long after, he started transitioning away from the day-to-day aspects of farming, Francis would pay daily visits to the farm to work in his garden, check on his animals, and would read many books and the Bible. He had a great love for his grandchildren and always appreciated seeing them when they came to visit.
Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta; son, Thomas; granddaughter, Darcey Lee; brother, Robert Lee; sisters, Katherine Coleman, Mary Nutt, and Dorothy Otten.
Survivors include his children, Deborah (John) Barker of Gurnee, IL, Cyndi (Bob) Johnson of Big Springs, Mark Lee (Therese) of Madrid, Russell (Denise) Lee of Madrid, Joel (Deborah) Lee of Doniphan, Steven (Gina) Lee of Sutherland, Shelly (Greg) Pollard of Grant; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, John Lee of Madrid; along with many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in Francis's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com.
Graveside services will be on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 10:30 am at the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.