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Herman E. “Buddy” Lee

January 12, 2014








Rossville-Herman E. “Buddy” Lee, 78, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at StormontVailHospital in Topeka.


He was born December 22, 1935 at Marshfield, MO; the son of Hiram and Minnie Adams Lee.  He grew up in the Ozarks and moved to Wichita at the age of 16 and started working for the railroad.  Herman served in the Army National Guard.


Herman moved to Topeka in the early 60’s and worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 45 years as a carman welder before retiring.  He was a past member of the Lions Club.  He was a member of AARP, TCIU Union and the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railroad Employees, Inc.  Herman attended coffee at McDonalds and daily at Wehner’s in Rossville.  He loved his wife, children and grandchildren dearly.  Herman was an avid sports fan.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Gertrude George and Reba Branstetter; and his daughter, Julie Ann Luman.


On February 11, 1962 he was united in marriage to Ilah “Marie” Hoobler Luman in Wichita, she survives of the home.



Other survivors include a son, Bruce (Karen) Lee, Topeka; two daughters, Lisa (Mike) Conaway and Amy Rodehorst all of Topeka; a sister, Betty (Dean) Pruett, Blue Springs, MO; brothers- in- law, Dale (Cheryl) McRae, Wichita and Denis (Ivona) McRae, Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, Dwayne and Kara Lee, Mason, Monica and Michael Conaway and Jenna BriAnn Rodehorst; along with many nieces and nephews.

 Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.   Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery.  Mr. Lee will lie in state  after 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home where family will
receive friends from 6:00  until 8:00 P.M. 
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s ResearchHospital and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St, St. Marys, Kansas66536.

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13 thoughts on “Herman E. “Buddy” Lee

  1. In the Bible, a man named Job raised the question: “If a man dies, can he live again?” Then Job went on to say: “You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.”
    What a joy it will be when that time arrives, and those who are sleeping in death are raised back to life and reunited with their loved ones. (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19)
    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one.

  2. We are so saddened by your loss. That ornery smile accompanied by the twinkle in his eyes are burned in our memory banks forever 🙂 It didn’t matter how long it’d been since we’d seen him, we won’t know how to act now, after 40 years of having him “catch” us showing public displays of affection and reminding Lee that “Patty will always be better looking than you are”. He was a sweet guy and always glad to see you and catch up. We know you will miss him but know how much JOY he brought into SO many peoples lives, just by being kind :). We pray that you feel God watching over you in your grief and realize that Herman is now spreading laughter and love over another “world”.
    Lee and Patty McQueen
    Kearney NE
    (grew up in Delia & Rossville)

  3. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family. I know you will all miss him, and he will be missed by many, many people who knew him. He was always a happy guy.

  4. A note to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss seeing him at the Washburn games.

  5. Marie, Amy, Lisa & Bruce & Famiies,
    We were so sorry to learn of Buddy’s passing. He was a character and a half, to say the least! Sure had some fun times through the year’s! He always had that boisterous laugh! He’s at peace now and no more pain. So glad to have had the opportunity to have been friends with you all! Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Love from your old friends and neighbors ~ Sis & Wilbur Stum ~ Jake & Pearl Jacobsen ~ Dale & Carolyn Jacobsen and Families

  6. Marie,

    I have spoke with Lisa and Bruce on Facebook, but I wanted you to know how much your family has meant to me over the years. As I told Lisa, I remember fondly the sleepovers at your house in Delia and all the nice things you do for us. I find comfort knowing he and Julie are together now and looking down on you. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.


    Rene DeBacker Bryant

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed see him around town. Just won’t be the same. He was always smiling and loved giving the boys a hard time when they seen him in Wehners. Just won’t be the same….

    Sending prayers to all of the family.

  8. Marie and Family,
    Herman was a good friend, and a fighter. He sure fought the good fight this time. He will be missed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Ilah, sorry about ur loss, one of the things I admired about Buddy was he was always up beat, last time I talked with him on the phone he was going to beat this thing, he fought a good fight. Our Prayers go out to u and ur family, may GOD hold u in the palm of his hand during this time, we love u and r praying for u

  10. We share comfort in knowing Herman is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With heartfelt condolences,
    Kathy & Garret Hampel, Wichita, Ks

  11. Ilah,
    We are so sorry to hear about Buddy. When we visited last month, we were encouraged that he was doing better. That was a very nasty problem he was fighting. I’m sure he fought hard , but sometimes you still can’t win the battle.
    We are sure he appreciated all of your support during his illness. You did all you could every day to make his life better.
    So glad that you have your family members close to you to support you now.
    Buddy was a great guy and know he’s going to be missed by many people.
    Sorry that we aren’t going tone there with you as we are in Arizona now. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers

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