William H. Lee, Jr.

September 24, 1926 ‒ October 11, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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

  • Pam, Bob & Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It was such a tremendous honor helping care for Mr.Bill this past year. I will cherish his memory always and fondly remember all the ways he made my life better. Love to all of you. Bonnie

    • thanks, bonnie. you were a wonderful help to him physically and emotionally. you made his days better and happier. he loved you- and so do i. please keep in touch.

  • The William Lee Family:

    Doug and I would like to send our prayers and thoughts to you all with the loss of Bill, and we know he is free now from all his many physical limitations he had to endure
    over the past few years, especially the loss of his memory. We are sure glad we were
    able to stop in and see him before we left for New Hampshire, and we are sure sorry
    we will not be attending his funeral, as we are still out of town, but it is comforting to know he is with God, and the angels of heaven, and with Marcella again too, and we are
    blessed to have known him through the years as we sat with him and Marcella at basketball and football games, and attended union picnics with them through the years, and got to run with him in a few 5 K road races around Mansfield, and would see him running in his neighborhood now and then. He was an inspiring man to many who knew him, and his work ethic was a part of his life that is a value we don’t see much of anymore. We learned a lot from him. He will be missed, and we sure do commend him for his service to his country as a veteran.

      • Lee family:

        I knew Bill for only a few years, but have known the family since childhood. He was a perfectionist at all he accomplished. He used that same drive with his family! He gave all for them and then his daughter gave all for him. He was an awesome man. Rest In Peace Bill you were loved and left your mark on those you touched.