Daniel Lee


Daniel E. Lee, 94, Cave City, passed away at NHC Healthcare, Glasgow, on November 19, 2021.

Dan was born in Edmonson County, KY, near Mammoth Cave, on October 02, 1927 to the late Daniel and Madie Zimmerman Lee. He graduated from Cave City High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served over a year in Japan in the Army of Occupation. He returned to Cave City, married Alice Reynolds, and attended Western Kentucky State College from 1948 to 1952, when he was hired for his first permanent National Park Service position at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace. For the next thirty-four years, he advanced in the Park Service, eventually becoming superintendent of Custer Battlefield National Monument (now Little Big Horn) in Montana, and finally of Vicksburg National Military Park, where he retired.

Through the years, he was a dedicated Methodist, always joining the local church where he was stationed. He had a reputation at his latest church, Cave City United Methodist Church, as being the best hugger and a hard working member. He was known for helping the little old ladies of the community, who would call him to come and change a light bulb. He loved the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky and watched all the games. He was made a Kentucky Colonel for his work in securing a Kentucky monument at Vicksburg National Military Park in 2001. He was an avid woodworker and made furniture for many family members and toys for the grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of seventy-three years, Alice, and three daughters: Linda Turner (Jimmy) of Vicksburg, MS; Amy Lee (Thomas Wilson) of North Pole, Alaska; and Dana Tedder (Charlie) of Park City, KY. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nancy Mitchell of New Ulm, Texas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by all who knew him. Dan summed up his life this way: Referring to the 23rd Psalm, he said, “My cup is running over, and, if I may quote a friend, Joan Henderson, 'He even gave me a saucer.”

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bob Hunt Funeral Chapel, Cave City was honored to assist the family with arrangements.

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