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Clayton Lee was one of the great men of the greatest generation. He was born to John and Calis Lee in Hardin, Kentucky and worked as a young boy on his family's farm in the early years of the depression. Taking the advice of a close relative, he left home at the age of 14 and moved to Oklahoma to get a better education. He lived with his aunt and uncle in the south part of Oklahoma City, working weekends as a grocery clerk to save money for college. He attended the University of Oklahoma, played saxophone in the OU band, and majored in Geology. World War II interrupted his college years. He enlisted and served in the 103rd infantry division as a fire direction specialist and a forward observer as their company fought their way through France and Germany. Clayton spoke some German, so he was also occasionally sent behind enemy lines to help capture and interrogate enemy soldiers. He also participated in freeing a subcamp of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. The depression and his experiences in World War II framed his character with integrity and positivity. He chose to look on the bright side of life rather than the negative. He never complained. After the war, he finished college and worked for various oil companies in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. He eventually became an independent oil and gas producer and started two family owned companies, Lee Energy Exploration and XAE. He was always honest in business and treated everyone fairly and with respect. Clayton loved to travel, play golf, tell jokes and funny stories, and be with his family, who all loved him dearly. His charitable spirit benefited the University of Oklahoma, his family members, and other various organizations. But, perhaps his greatest gift, beyond his generosity, was the encouragement and happiness he spread to others. Evelyn, his wife of 54 years, preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Bob Lee and his wife Euple, daughter Nancy Lee Marshall and her husband Bryan, son Stephen Lee and his wife Lynn, and grandchildren Mykul Lee and his wife Vanessa, Kristen Agee, Jennifer Snider and her husband Sean, Robert Lee and his wife Lindsey, Laura Lee, Kristy Lee, and great grandchildren Molly and Sam Snider. Family members wish to thank the staff members of Epworth Villa for the loving care they provided Mr. Lee over the past several years. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the OU Foundation or the Integris Foundation Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8 at Rose Hill Burial Park.