Leland “Lee” D. Lacey, 81 of Shelton died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at his home.
Services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Shelton, NE with the Pastor Melody Adams officiating. Inurnment will be in the Shelton Cemetery.
Family will greet friends from 5-8 P.M. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Shelton, NE.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Shelton or to the Shelton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.
Leland D. Lacey was born March 20, 1932 in Burns, Wyoming the son of Edward and Ora (Lippincott) Lacey. He received his education in Shelton. He entered the U.S. Army on July 17, 1952 and was honorably discharged on June 11, 1954.
Lee met Nellie Koonce while working in the Oil Fields in Texas. They were united in marriage August 26, 1951. They lived in Wyoming for seven years where Lee ran a Trucking Company with his brother. In 1964, they moved to Nebraska. The couple spent most of their married life in Shelton. Making a living to Leland meant owning and/or running several long-running businesses in Shelton including Lee’s Trucking, Lee’s Truck Sales, Lee’s Repair, and Motor Inn. Lee earned a livelihood by becoming a truck dealer; “buying, selling, fixing, and running trucks,” including all kinds of fire, farm and fertilizer trucks. In 1968, he built the L & N gas station (now called K & K in Shelton.
Lee was a member of the Shelton American Legion Club, Buffalo County Veterans Board, NRA, and he was a 25 year member of the Shelton Fire Department and Rescue Squad. He served as Fire Chief from 1971 1976 and from 1983-1984. He enjoyed living on the River, collecting coins and guns, and his dogs. Nellie and Lee enjoyed going to casinos.
Survivors include his daughters and sons in law, Linda and Gary VanOrsdall of Shelton, Nancy and Tom Lowe of Shelton; two sons and daughters in law, Mike and LeAnne Lacey of Shelton, Bill and Kelly Lacey of Shelton; grandchildren and spouses, Katie Dubbs, Nathan and Kelli Reeder, Jessica and Jeremy Frink, Becky Lowe, Justin and Jill Lacey, Trisha Lacey, Michael and Megan Lowe, Kimberlee Lacey, Steve and Lori VanOrsdall, Tamie and Dana Swah, Alicia Mueller, Kalyn Mueller, and David Mueller; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, who passed away on June 17, 2005; brothers, Nolan “Pat” Lacey and John D. Lacey; and daughter, Lydia Lacey.