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Lee Roy Mays
(September 12, 1931 - November 3, 2013)

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Lee R. Mays, 82, of West Brooklyn died Nov. 3, 2013, in his residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with the Rev. Jamie Wallace officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, West Brooklyn with military rites by VFW Post 4079. Visiation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Mays was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Morris to Lee R. and Alice (Devotie) Mays. He married Kay Joan Ivlow on Feb. 1, 1969. He was a member and former deacon at First Baptist Church, Ottawa. He graduated from Marseilles High School in 1949 and attended the University of Illinois. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a radio operator. He was employed by CTS Knights, Sandwich as an electronics technician before his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Kay Joan Mays of West Brooklyn; one son, Mitchell Mays of West Brooklyn; two sisters, Ruth Nienaber of Rocklin, Calif., and Jean (Gene) Benner of Naperville; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Mays and Edna Shuman and two brothers, Carl Lloyd Mays and Robert Mays. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Compton.

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