Lennie I. Protzman, the daughter of Floyd and Rosa Mae (Scott) McKee, was born August 11, 1951, in Kidder, Missouri. Lennie graduated from J.C. Penny High School, Hamilton, Missouri, and in 2004 from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology. She loved the study of the human body and watching crime scene detective television shows.
In the mid 1970’s, Lennie was united in marriage to Jerry Dorsey and they became the parents of two daughters, Tonya and Kristi. Tragically, Jerry and the children passed away in a car accident in 1979. In 1979 Lennie met Robert Leo Protzman and they became companions, making their home in Maryville, until August 8, 2006, when they were married. They were the parents of one daughter, Jessica.
In the late 1970’s Lennie was employed by Herzog in St. Joseph, Missouri, and had the distinction of being the first “flag woman” for highway construction in northwest Missouri. After Jessica was born, Lennie became a stay-at-home mom and owner/operator of Jermain’s Grocery in Conception, Missouri. Lennie and Robert operated the store until 2007 when Robert retired. Following Robert’s passing in 2013, Lennie moved to Jessica’s home in Tarkio, Missouri, where she lived to the present time.
Lennie never met a stranger and loved meeting people while employed by Casey’s, Torrey Pines and Hy-Vee, all in Tarkio. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Tarkio, and loved spending time with her granddaughters. Lennie passed away Monday, November 1, 2021, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, at the age of 70 years.
Besides her parents, husbands, and daughters, Lennie was preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Raymond, Josh, and David McKee; and sisters, Effie Masters and Florence Shelton. Survivors include: daughter, Jessica (Scott) Walker, Tarkio; granddaughters, Gracie and Lyla Walker, Tarkio; siblings, Johnnie (Boni) McKee, Ava, Missouri, Darold (Joann) McKee, Illinois, Frances Wolf,- Kansas City, Missouri, Rosa Morgan, Liberty, Missouri, and Celinda Rogers, Cameron, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews and step-children.
Graveside service and inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Saint Columba Cemetery, Conception, Missouri, conducted by Father Peter Ullrich. There is no visitation. Memorials may be directed to Three Rivers Hospice, Saint Joseph, Missouri. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.