William H. Lee, Jr.
September 24, 1926 ‒ October 11, 2017
William H. Lee, Jr. passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the age of 91.
Bill was born September 24, 1926 in Newark to parents William Sr. & Edith (Belle) Lee. After high school he proudly served his country by joining the US Army toward the end of WWII. He later attended The Ohio State University and was graduated from the Hobart Institute of Welding in Troy. He married Marcella Winegardner on November 17, 1951.
Bill worked as a professional welder and pipe fitter; he traveled to job sites all across the US and worked on power plants and missile sites. He was a member of the Union Local 42 of the United Association of Welders and Pipe Fitters in Norwalk.
In spare time, Bill enjoyed tending his large vegetable garden and watching the Cleveland Indians. He dearly loved his granddaughters and cherished the time he spent with them. He enjoyed riding motorcycles as a young man and again when he retired.
Bill believed you should always leave things better than you found them; if someone lent him a tool it would be returned promptly, shined, and sharpened. He won multiple trophies for running 5k and 10k races despite having never run a race until he was in his 50s. His positive and somewhat perfectionist spirit will be missed.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Bob & Jan Lee of Brighton, MI; his daughter Pam Lee LaRue of Ashland; two granddaughters Hether (Lee) & Joe Fedullo of Milford, MI and Rachel LaRue of Ashland; a sister Glenna Jean Moore of Newark.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Marcella Lee, in 2009; along with four siblings.
The Lee family will receive friends Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock) where the funeral service honoring Bill’s life will begin immediately at 12 noon. Celebrant TJ Waters will speak. During a private burial, he will be laid to rest beside his wife at Zion Ridge Cemetery in Thornville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com