Dr. Gerald B. Lee, 84, passed away Sept. 17, in Independence, Mo. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn; five children, Kevin, Melanie, Bryan, Jonathan, and Sharon; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

One of four sons born to Charles and Inez Lee, Gerald Bedford Lee was born in Jefferson City but lived in Webster Groves for most of his youth. He graduated from Washington University and completed his medical degree at the University of Missouri.

After two years as an Army doctor and several years practicing cardiology in Minnesota, Dr. Lee returned to Kansas City, where he served as Chief of Cardiology at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1973-1986. After his retirement from cardiology, Dr. Lee maintained a general practice, served as deputy medical examiner and founded a non-profit concerned with those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Lee was an avid outdoorsman and active conservationist who proudly practiced sustainable forestry. He loved to hunt, especially wild turkey. He was active in numerous civic groups including People to People, Rotary, UNICO, the Kansas City Club and the World War I Memorial.

Dr. Lee was an outgoing, gregarious character and a performer at heart, who loved to break into song or dance at any opportunity. He had an incredible optimism and always tried to build people up. He was a lifelong Christian who served as deacon at Raytown Christian Church.

Dr. Lee was a devoted husband to Marilyn and he was extremely proud of the diverse accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and extended family.

Services will be at Raytown Christian Church on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. (visitation) and 11 a.m. (memorial), with a burial service at his beloved Paddlewheel farm, Texas County at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1.

Local arrangements are under direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking, MO. Online condolences may be made at

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