Flay “Lee” Ary of St. James, Missouri was born in Thayer, Missouri on September 17, 1941 to Rufus and Mamie (Blackwell) Ary and passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the age of 78 years.
Lee married Violet Radford on May 27, 1972.
Lee and Violet owned and operated Tiger Pizza in St. James, Missouri.
Lee was very involved in the community and was a member of the St. James Fire Department, American Legion Post #607, lifetime member of the N.R.A., and the St. James Sports Club. He loved children and knew the importance of their role in our future. He was especially proud to be “Santa” for the Christmas activities within the St. James Sports Club.
Lee enjoyed tinkering with things in his shop and could fix just about anything. He always helped his friends and neighbors with things they needed fixed as well.
He worked for Holsum Bakery for 11 years and then went to work for the Chrysler Corporation where he joined the United Auto Workers of America union. He stayed at Chrysler until he retired. He was a jack of all trades, loved a good joke, loved animals and wildlife in general. He had a strong belief and faith in God, always gave to the less fortunate. He loved St. Louis Cardinal baseball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Mamie Ary; wife of 28 years, Violet Ary; and step son, Bobby Joe Smith.
He is survived by his children, Susan Wendling of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Mike Ary of Janesville, Wisconsin, Judy Ary and wife Lori of Greenfield, Wisconsin; step daughter, Tonya Burgess of Colorado; sister, Carolee Ary of South Carolina; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; caretakers, Mary Karnes, David Bell and Tammy Hendrix; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri with Reverend Jerry Baumann officiating.
Burial followed at the St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.