Lee Atkeson

July 2, 1933November 19, 2012

Lee Irvin “Cowboy” Atkeson, 79, of Olathe, KS passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Olathe Medical Center. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 5-7pm, Tuesday, November 27th at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home.

Lee was born on July 2, 1933 in Osceola, MO to Robert and Mable (Mason) Atkeson. He proudly served his country as a heavy equipment operator in the Marine Corp. On June 5, 1953 he married the love of his life, Patricia Roark. To this union were born their two children, James and Debbie. Lee worked for the Union Pacific Rail Road as a Conductor, retiring in 1994 after 46 years of service. He was most notable for serving as the Conductor on the Eisenhower Funeral Train. Mr. Atkeson was a member of the Junior Old Timers, VFW, American Legion and Past Local Chairman for the Union Pacific Union. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling and going to car shows. He was also an avid sports fan as he loved to cheer on the KU Jayhawks, K-State Wildcats and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mr. Atkeson was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Lee is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia Atkeson, son James R. Atkeson and daughter, Debbie Lintner and many nieces and nephews. Offer your condolences for the family at


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December 3, 2012

Patty and family, Don and I were out of town and didn't learn of Lee's death until today. We both have fond memories of Cowboy and know he will be missed by all. Angie Capps

Kimberly Grote

November 27, 2012

I love and miss you uncle Lee.

November 27, 2012

I wish to extend my thoughts, prayers and condolence to Patricia and all of Lee's
family. I enjoyed working with Lee during our employment at the railroad
and in our Marine Corps connection. He was my friend.
Ed Boswell, Prairie Village, Ks.

Chuck Grewell

November 27, 2012

In memory of a wonderful person, one who I wish I had more time with.Uncle Lee was one of a kind and will be missed by all of us. We will remember him always.

November 26, 2012

It was truly an honor to call Cowboy my friend, and to have worked with him for the five years I was at Renzenberger. I loved hearing all of his stories, and especially his story of getting a free meal at McDonald's because all of the van movers were wearing hats from Ford, that said "Police" on them. I loved hearing of his trips to Mexico, from which he always brought me bottles of vanilla, and just his entire ornery personality! He always made us laugh in the office, and I'll always miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Patty and his family.


November 25, 2012

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Atkeson. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Becky Rebich

November 23, 2012

I feel honored having known Lee, even for a short time. I met Lee & Pat in Acapulco and admired his outlook on life, his humor, compassion, opinions and the way he really listened to you and made you feel that your words mattered. The physical world has lost a good soul. My deepest sympathy and regards to Pat and his family.

November 23, 2012

Lee was a very good friend of my parents,Merle and Flora Griswold of Sandwich, IL.. They all three passed away in 2012. My parents and the entire family enjoyed Lee and Pat's company, visits were always welcomed. Lee, his wife Pat and my parents all met while vacationing in Acapulco, Mexico. Future vacations were often planned so they could be together in Acapulco having become good friends over the years. Lee will be missed greatly by those who knew him and Pat will find the strength to get through this most difficult time. Pat, you have our deepest heartfelt sympathy. Jackie "Griswold" Green and family.

Steve Miller

November 22, 2012

Lee thank you for being my friend. May the miles keep rolling on.

Diane Olson and Family

November 22, 2012

I am so glad that I had the privilege to meet such a great man. I always looked forward to your visits. He will truly be missed.