Early Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, Gary Robert Lee, of Burton, went home to be with the Lord. Gary was born Feb. 11, 1948 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Gary grew up in Fairfield, Illinois with his parents, June and Ray Lee, and brothers, Terry and Bob. He graduated from Fairfield Community High School in 1966. Gary attended Shriner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and received an Associate in Arts degree in 1968. He went on to attend Athens College in Alabama where he continued playing basketball while earning his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1970.
Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after graduation. He served two years in Okinawa, Japan with the Explosive Ordinance Division.