He first began his career at International Harvester, Fort Wayne and then was drafted into the United States Marines. Upon his discharge, he returned to International Harvester where he worked for five years. He then became an insurance agent with Farm Bureau, in Columbia City. In 1979, he became self-employed and now owns 21 corporations in 15 states as the owner of Midwest Bonding. In 2003, he and a business partner purchased the Universal Fire & Casualty Insurance Company, Hudsonville, Mich., which is currently headquartered in Columbia City.
Survivors include his son, Eric David Lee of Columbia City; brother, Larry G. Lee of Columbia City; sister, Bobbie Neely of Charleston, W. Va.; and nephew, Ronald Lee of Churubusco. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale Lee. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Pastor Tim Grable officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2011, at the funeral home.
Burial will follow service in South Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Lee to Whitley County Community Foundation c/o Whitley County Cares Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send family condolences or sign the guest register book, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com.