As I said earlier, seeing Lee Nathan go has been very saddening for my family and me. Lee Nathan was Daddy's life-long best friend. We did not consider him and LoRetta to be our friends. They are our family. I only hope that Lee Nathan knows how very much we all love him. I'm always telling people not to put off telling people today how much they love that person because tomorrow is guaranteed for no one. In this case, I know that I did not tell Lee Nathan enough how much all of us love him. As Daddy's cancer progressed, some friends became scarcer and scarcer when it came to spending time with Daddy. That was not the case with Lee Nathan. Though it tore him up to see Daddy so very ill and in so much pain, he made it a point to come over all of the time to show his love and support not only for Daddy but for all of us.
Here is more information about Lee that some of you may not have known.
Lee Nathan, age 77, passed away on Sunday, August 30th at Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita, Ks. after suffering a fall and a stroke. He was born on Feb. 9th, 1932 in Wichita County to Ralph and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kiefer-Riddiough. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired after 33 years of service with the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an Engineering Representative serving in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Leoti in 1990.
Lee's passion was horses. For over 40 years, he raised, broke, trained and showed Appaloosa Horses. He and his horse, Doc, (my Daddy's personal favorite) placed first in the WORLD'S reining competition!!!
Lee Nathan had memberships in Parks Prsbyterian Church, the VFW, the Wichita County Historical Society and the Leoti Rough Riders.
He is survived by his wife LoRetta (Amermann) whom he married on June 23, 1956. Other suvivors include their daughters, LaDonna and Stephen Burrows--Cooperstown, NY and LeaRetta and Chip Gilbert--Southlake, TX. and 3 grandchildren, Mike and Keith Burrows and Lauren Gilbert. Vera Ford of Leoti is his only surviving sibling still living in Wichita County.
Services will be held @2:00, Friday, September 4th, 2009 at Parks Presbyterian Church in northwestern Wichita County. The church is 9 miles north of Leoti and 5 miles west. Rev. Paul McNall will be preciding. Wichita's U.S. Navy Funeral Detail will also be performing. Burial will be at the Carwood Cemetary close to Selkirk (between Leoti and Tribune.)
Friends may call at Price and Sons Funeral Home from 10:00 to 8:00 CST on Wednesday and Thursday. The family requests that memorials be given to Parks Presbyterian Church, the Leoti EMTs or the Wichita County Historical Society in care of the funeral home. E-condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home's website @ www.priceandsons.com .
LoRetta's phone number is 620-375-4923.
Cards, flowers, plants, etc. can be sent to LoRetta and their family at
408 S. Third St.
To send flowers and plants, please call the Lady Bug Flower Shop in Leoti. That phone number is 620-375-2172. They accept checks, cash and credit cards. You can also have your own flower shop wire your order to the Lady Bug.