Vernon “Leroy” Kee, 86, loving husband and father of three children, died Sept. 17, 2021, in Baker City. There will be no funeral service. Leroy was born on Jan. 2, 1935, at Louisburg, Missouri, to Albert and Laura Campbell Kee. The family moved to Ventura, California when he was two years old. He attended high school and college in Ventura. He excelled in all sports. Leroy received a football scholarship to Cal Poly Tech; however, instead of playing football he enlisted in the United States Army in 1956. Prior to being shipped overseas he married Deanna Sims on Sept. 1, 1956, at Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was stationed in Germany and was joined several months later by Deanna. Together they explored the German countryside, the castles, and the culture.