Dean H. Lee

Dean H. Lee Dean H. Lee passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family members.�?  Dean was born May 21, 1925 in Vermillion, to Hubert and Dora (Chaussee) Lee. He graduated from Vermillion High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Feb. 6, 1943 at the age of 17. Dean served onboard two ships in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 18, 1946.�?  Dean married Florence Jacobsen in Vermillion on Feb. 5, 1947. He joined his father in Lee Oil Company and operated the company until his retirement in 1982. Dean was president of the SD Independent Oil Menâ�?�?s Association, a long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Our Saviorâ�?�?s Lutheran Church.�?  He was an avid supporter of The University of South Dakota athletics. Dean had a passion for life. His happiest moments were spent with family and friends at their lake cabin in Minnesota, their winter home in Arizona, hunting, fishing and attending sporting events.�?  Dean is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Sue Eaves of Salt Lake City, UT, Marty (Dean) Buckneberg of Sioux Falls, Jeff (Jane) Lee of Omaha, NE, and Allison (Steve) Garry of Sioux Falls. Deanâ�?�?s grandchildren include Chris Eaves; Mike (Krystal), Matt and Andy Buckneberg; Chelsea, Charlie and John Lee; and Ryan (Teresa), Nick (Sara), Travis (Karrie) and Mark Garry. Great-grandchildren are Aidan Dean Buckneberg; Rylee and Liam Garry; and Ashlyn and Cooper Dean Garry.�?  Dean was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.�?  Memorials may be directed to The University of South Dakota Foundation to support Coyote athletics in honor of Dean. The family was present on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for visitation at Miller Funeral Home on 13th and Main Ave. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at Our Saviorâ�?�?s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, with burial in Woodlawn following.�?  For obituary and on-line registry, please visit

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