Robert R. Lee 1937-2021
WARREN — Robert R. “Bob” Lee passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Cleveland Clinic at the age of 84.
On Jan. 20, 1937, he was the first-born twin to Roy and Teresa Necro Lee in Warren.
His family relocated to Bazetta, where Bob attended Bazetta High School, graduating in 1955. While there, he played on the basketball team with his brothers, a memory he cherished.
He soon met Carolyn Sue Whipkey, “his Susie,” and they were happily married for 64 years in the home they built, where they raised their family and welcomed friends.
He worked in the steel industry, including Republic Steel and LTV Steel, as a crane operator for 30 years. He also painted and wallpapered with his twin brother, Raymond. Bob then worked at Champion Sparkle Market for five years before retiring.
Bob was an active member of Bazetta Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He had a passion for antique vehicles, of which he owned several over the years, and loved to take them to car shows in the area. Robert also was an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan. He also courageously fought and survived leukemia twice.
Most of all, Bob’s greatest joy was his family. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who relished spending time with his family at holidays, birthdays and other gatherings. Everyone who knew Bob will always remember his sense of humor and his kind and generous ways. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue Lee; his brothers, twin, Raymond (Sandra) Lee, William (Marjorie) Lee and brother-in-law, David Whipkey; his three children, Ricky (Michele) Lee, Terry Wheeler and Pamela Jackson; four grandchildren, Danielle Lee, Robert (Brittany) Wheeler, Jenna (Lucas) Wiersema and Phillip (Lauren) Wheeler; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Roy; and his mother, Teresa.
Funeral services will be held at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 N. Park Ave., Warren, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 11 a.m., where friends and family may gather from 10 a.m. until service time. He will be laid to rest privately at Meadowbrook Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested all donations be made to the building or mission funds at the Bazetta Baptist Church, 1109 Perkins Jones Road, Warren, Ohio 44483.