Lee K. Nanninga, 69, of Morrowville, KS, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Washington County Hospital. A funeral service as held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, at the United Methodist Church in Washington. The Rev. Randy Jellison-Knock, Father Jim Hoover and Sister Marilyn Wall officiated. Gina Miller played the organ while Dr. James Smart sang "Abide with Me" and "Nearer My God to Thee". Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery. Lee was born October 24, 1939 at Clay Center, KS, the son of Daniel and Fern (Specht) Nanninga. He graduated from the Barnes High School with the Class of 1957 and from Draughon's College of Commerce, Kansas City, MO. On July 18, 1965 he married Doris Synovec in Barnes, KS. They lived in Barnes, Belleville, and then Barnes again for 13 years, then moved to the family farm southwest of Morrowville in 1981. Lee worked for the Barnes Co-op Oil Company, drove a school bus for the Barnes School District, worked as a heavy equipment operator for Sedlacek and Pitney Construction, and began farming in 1972 taking over the family farming operation in 1977. Lee enjoyed farming, and was a Corvette enthusiast, and had a great interest in antique and classic cars. He built hot-rods and restored antique cars. He most enjoyed driving his Corvette and participating in car shows and parades with it and his antique cars. He also served on the Coleman Township board. He was a life-long basketball fan and enjoyed watching his favorite team, the KU Jayhawks. Survivors include his wife, Doris of Morrowville; one daughter, Lori Carter and husband Bruce of DeSoto, KS; one son Rustin Nanninga of Morrowville; two grandsons, Chandler and Chase Carter of DeSoto; one sister-in law, Jeannine Nanninga and nephew, Daniel Nanninga of Loveland, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donnard Nanninga, passed away in July of 2008. A memorial fund has been established to the Washington County Hospital Building Fund or the American Lung Association. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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