Rodger Lee 1928-2019

Rodger William Lee, 90, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at his home.

He was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Richland, the son of John and Minnie (Dodds) Lee.

Rodger graduated from Topeka High School. In 1950, he was inducted into the United States Army. He served in Germany as sergeant in charge of Regimental Communications until his discharge in 1953.

Rodger worked as a telephone installer for Western Electric Co., maintenance engineer for Ripley’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning and later retired after 20 years from Security Benefit as maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the American Legion Post 400.

He married Phyllis I. Richard on July 26, 1953, in Topeka. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2001. They celebrated more than 47 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Robert Lee, and a niece, Barbara Rice.

Survivors include a nephew, George Rice of Clay Center; three great-nephews, Jerry Long (Carrie) of Caledonia, Wisc., Glenn Long (Shanan) of Topeka and Terry Rice of Lyndon; and three great-great-nephews, Devon Long, Austin Long and James Rice.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in the Netawaka Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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Holton, KS 66436
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