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Terry E, Lee

March 17, 2022

Terry E, Lee

Terry E Lee, age 69, of New London, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born April 14, 1952, in Norwalk to the late Jack Lee and Edwina (McKain) Dotson. He was a 1970 graduate of Norwalk High School and was then drafted in Vietnam. After serving in the US Army four years, he worked at Norwalk Furniture. He reenlisted in the army serving a total of 24 years, retiring in 1999 as a Staff Sergeant in Ordinances. He worked over 22 years with the Norwalk Salvation Army in maintenance, driving the summer lunch program van and was known a jack of all trades. He was an avid camper and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, grilling, traveling on vacation and casinos, hanging with his family and friends and most recently riding his sling shot.

He is survived by his significant other of 22 years, Marilyn Riley; children, Terry Ed (Michele) Keller, Jason Lee, Michael (Michelle) Seville, Christopher (Katie) Lee, Travis Lee, Steffani (David) Gilbert, Betsy (Brad) Urich and Andrea (Brandon) Kluding; grandchildren, Hazen Seville, Ethan Seville, Collin Mackall, Alyson Lee, Jacob Lee, Teagan Keller, Hunter Mantz and Liam Gilbert; sisters, Jenny (Jim) Byrne and Katheryn (Jay) Swinehart; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Bonnie (Seville) Lee; daughter, Christine Lee; and a brother, Daniel Lee.

A celebration of life gathering will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Norwalk Salvation Army. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.

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Terry E Lee, age 69, of New London, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born April 14, 1952, in Norwalk to the late Jack Lee and Edwina (McKain) Dotson. He was a 1970 graduate of Norwalk High School and was then drafted in Vietnam. After serving in the US Army four years, he worked at Norwalk Furniture. He reenlisted in the army serving a total of 24 years, retiring in 1999 as a Staff Sergeant in Ordinances. He worked over 22 years with the Norwalk Salvation Army in maintenance, driving the summer lunch program van and was known a jack of all trades. He was an avid camper and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, grilling, traveling on vacation and casinos, hanging with his family and friends and most recently riding his sling shot.

He is survived by his significant other of 22 years, Marilyn Riley; children, Terry Ed (Michele) Keller, Jason Lee, Michael (Michelle) Seville, Christopher (Katie) Lee, Travis Lee, Steffani (David) Gilbert, Betsy (Brad) Urich and Andrea (Brandon) Kluding; grandchildren, Hazen Seville, Ethan Seville, Collin Mackall, Alyson Lee, Jacob Lee, Teagan Keller, Hunter Mantz and Liam Gilbert; sisters, Jenny (Jim) Byrne and Katheryn (Jay) Swinehart; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Bonnie (Seville) Lee; daughter, Christine Lee; and a brother, Daniel Lee.

A celebration of life gathering will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Norwalk Salvation Army. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.

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Skip Brutsche

Norwalk, OH
March 25, 2022

As a child, as a Cub Scout (troop 202), I recall a weekly Boy Scout camp out held during fair week at the Huron County Fairgrounds. My father along with Mr Scholes we’re the scout leaders. I was privileged as a Cub Scout to attend Boy Scout events because of my older brother and father. Being a few years younger than Terry, as a child I really looked up to the older boys. One evening (probably every night) we had a fire. The real purpose of a fire was so we cook our food/supper, then fill up our mess kits.

Later that eve, the Scout Masters had left our camp site briefly, whereas…. this is where my story starts with Terry Lee. The fire was moderately large and Terry (daring other also) would run fast and jump through/over the blazing fire, over the hot coals. Wow I thought to myself, that was really “cool”! Or maybe it was not, stupid? Regardless, all went okay except when the Scout Masters returned and found out (poor Terry, I felt so bad for him). Later on in the eve when many of us were bunkering down in our tents.... Ka’Boom! Someone had thrown an aerosol can into the fire. It exploded so loudly, sparks and ashes shot up at least 20’ and which almost had extinguished the fire.

Hummmm, makes me wonder “Where was Terry Lee beforehand?”

I attended the Salvation Army service today held for Terry today. What a beautiful event they provided for him and his family!

RIP my friend

Drew Riley

Norwalk, OH, USA
March 25, 2022

Sometime after my brother passed away in 1997, Terry stepped in to raise my nieces. He did not have to do that. He was great to them. I will be forever grateful for that.

Crystal Emmons

Norwalk, OH, US
March 24, 2022

Sending my love to the family! RIH Terry Lee love you & the family

Jay Lee

Cleveland, OH, United States
March 23, 2022

Terry E Lee, my Dad was sadly taken away too soon on his life’s journey.. I had 2 Dads growing up, Terry being my biological father whom I barely saw as a child.. I could count on one hand how many times I saw my dad growing up. My biggest rememberance was when my brother Terry and I visited our dad in Germany back in 1983 and we stayed our entire summer vacation.. 2 years ago my mom invited my dad over to my uncles house for Christmas Eve and my dad and I started re-bonding while sitting next to each other at the dinner table. Although our connection was great, the time that day was short lived.. My dad and I continued to call and text each other and he really started becoming the father and grandfather I had always Dreamt of.. My dad in the next few years slowly began to lose his voice and his cancer came back with a vengeance. In 2 short days, I managed to
close a chapter, a relationship with a father and both in a loving way.. My dad left we flooded with mixed emotions, happy, sad, angry, a blurred mixed of emotions.. The last words my dad spoke to me “I Love You and I Always Will” My last words to my dad “I Love You Dad and I Always Will” Rest In Peace Dad..

John Esker Jr.

Norwalk, OH, United States
March 23, 2022

It was one of the highest honors of my life to serve alongside Terry Lee. He was never one to mince words when it came to letting you know exactly what he thought about something. That said, he was just the kind of man who would go miles out of his way to help someone in trouble. If I've learned one thing from Terry, its to let your actions speak louder than your words.

Jim sidoti

Norwalk, OH
March 22, 2022

It's going to be hard not knowing you aren't at work carrying on great conversations and joking about, what a wise and gentle soul he has. It has been a great pleasure working with you my friend, you are always in my thoughts. Fly with the angels

Jerri

Osceola, IN
March 20, 2022

Kathy I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Ted & Jaci Thompson

Norwalk, OH, US
March 19, 2022

So much enjoyed Terry's humor and love for life. He's taught many things like dont sweat the small stuff cuz it's all small! Love you and Marilyn, sweet brother in Christ.

Vickie silva

March 19, 2022

I am sorry too hear that he was a great guy was funny and sweet guy too be around sorry for your loss

John and Carolyn Garcia

Norwalk,Oh., OH, United States
March 18, 2022

So sorry and deeply saddened to hear about Terry passing, He was a lot of to be around at the Salvation Army. My he rest in Peace in the Lord loving embrace.

Monica Barney

Atlanta, GA, USA
March 18, 2022

To know Terry is to love him. From silly wigs, to the Slingshot… to crude jokes and to making sure hungry people stayed fed… he was full of life and will be greatly missed by my sister’s family and beyond.

KrisTina Campbell

Norwalk, OH, USA
March 18, 2022

You were such a great guy and are gonna be extremely missed by many. Fly High Terry

Debra

Norwalk, OH
March 18, 2022

This is so crazy I will truly miss Terry. All my love to the family. Praying for all.

Karen McCallum

Norwalk, OH, US
March 18, 2022

So very sorry to the whole family for your loss . Prayers and hugs to you.