Cremation has been held and no services are planned for Lee Elwood Ruark. Lee, 80, died Dec. 5 at his home in Greybull of multiple myeloma.
He was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Chariton, Iowa, the son of Claude and Eva Wren Elwood Ruark. He graduated from Woodlin High School (near Woodrow, Col.) in 1951. Lee served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956. After his discharge he attended college in Redding, Calif., for two years and then farmed near Woodrow, Colo., from 1960 to 1976.
He married Marjorie Kyr. They had one daughter, Sheryl Wren, and six sons, Ronald, James, Joseph, Edward, Timothy and Glen. He and Marjorie divorced in 1976.
He married LaVona R. Geist in 1978 and acquired a stepson, Barry, and four stepdaughters, Catherine, Aline, Sue and Diane.
Lee and LaVona managed apartment complexes in Phoenix until 1990. He worked as a security guard at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., until 1999 at which time they moved to Greybull.
Lee loved yard work and gardening and grew vegetables every summer.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Sheryl Wren Ruark Hellyer; two brothers, Claude Jr. and Gerald, and two sisters, Mary and Esther.
He is survived by his wife, LaVona of Greybull; six sons, one stepson; four stepdaughters; two sisters, Marjorie and Nadine; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations in Lee’s memory can be made to a cause devoted to fighting cancer.