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Michael J. Lee

Mike passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Wendell and Joan (Bos) Lee. Mike served his country in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He attended Western Michigan University and worked at Sportco Marketing Inc. for several years until his retirement in 1999.

In his spare time, Mike enjoyed golfing and woodworking. He was a member of the Lake Doster Men’s Golf Association. Mike married Margaret Lee who passed away in 1997. In 2002 he married Nancy Harris who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Matt (Michelle) Lee and Adam Lee; step-sons, Christopher (Julie) Harris and Keegan Harris; grandchildren, Ellie Lee, Andon Lee and Liam Harris and sisters, Cher Lee and Deb Lee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Margaret and brother, Steve Lee.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at a later time.

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Lori and Keith Marshall

October 23, 2020 at 11:07 am

We were so sorry to get this devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and Mike’s family.

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Beau Taylor

October 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

Words can’t describe the loss of such a great father, grandfather, husband, friend and presence on this earth. Mr. Lee will be truly missed! Always loved and looked up to. Never a moment he didn’t have my full attention when he spoke. I along with my family will miss seeing him putting one on the green with a smile, a wave and shout out to us while in the backyard… truly will be missed.

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Phillip and Nancy Vannest

October 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Our deepest condolences to Nancy and Mike’s family. We feel very blessed to have been Mike and Nancy’s neighbor. Always a funny joke, friendly smile, waive and honk of the horn when passing by. We admired his amazing woodworking talent that seemed to be limitless in terms of what he could create. We will greatly miss Mike, a wonderful person and friend.

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Jan Sell-Kimble

October 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Dear Nancy,

Please know you are being thought of and prayed for. I am so very sorry to read this. Sending love and light during this difficult time.

Warmly,

Jan S-K

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Mary Schuiteboer

October 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest sympathy to the entire family.

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Irv and Elaine Figel

October 23, 2020 at 9:24 pm

Dear Nancy, Elaine and I send our condolences to your family. Treasure the memories and time will help heal the sadness you are feeling now! Sending our love!

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Clarence C. White

October 23, 2020 at 10:11 pm

I knew Mike back in the day, when we both sold “Bullets & Bobbers,” as he would call it. We would see each other on “The Road”, at golf outings, and at times at the house with his wife Margaret. My cousin Jack Kelly built the house he lived in on Lake Doster (which was the 1st one on the lake.) I always liked Mike, he was always kind, friendly, and boy could he make you laugh. I remember how surprised I was after his wife died and he retired early. But that was over 20 years ago now, I’m glad he was able to spend some time being with who he loved, doing as he pleased. May you Rest in Peace Mike. My sincerest condolences to the family.

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David Stockmeyer

October 24, 2020 at 12:30 am

Mike was an enormous impact on my professional life in my early years in the sporting goods business. I admired his approach to selling (prepared, educated, but low-pressure) and his patience for a “new guy” and a “youngster” in this veteran dominated industry. He left his mark on me in his humor, his gratitude, and his casual professionalism. Mike, thanks for treating me like a true friend, and not just a colleague, you will be missed. Prayers and hugs to the entire family.

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Gary Tieb

October 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

I got to know Mike pretty well over the last couple of years. He was one of the group of guys that would go to Vegas with us each year. We had tons of fun he was always full of vim and vigor if you know what I mean. The classy guy not afraid to say what was on his mind. I will miss him and think of him every time we go to Vegas.

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Gary Tien

October 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

I got to know Mike pretty well over the last couple of years. He was one of the group of guys that would go to Vegas with us each year. We had tons of fun he was always full of vim and vigor if you know what I mean. The classy guy not afraid to say what was on his mind. I will miss him and think of him every time we go to Vegas.

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Beth Lee

February 4, 2021 at 11:22 pm

I am so sorry about Mike. Coty, Steve and I have had soooo many good times with Mike…he was one of a kind. God Bless Mike. I love you Adam and Matt. Sincerly, Aunt Beth

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Tom McBride

October 24, 2020 at 4:36 pm

So sorry for the passing of Mike

He was a great friend

Tom & Sherry McBride

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Don & Donna Anselmo

October 24, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Very sorry to hear about Mike, Our prayers are with you and your family.

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Janet Ragainis

October 25, 2020 at 9:54 am

So sorry for your loss. Mike was a good neighbor and friend. My boys enjoyed many fun times with his boys. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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Pat and Dian Ranney

October 26, 2020 at 6:26 am

Sorry to hear about your loss. Mike was a friend of ours many years ago and we know that he will be missed.

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Anne Hartman

October 26, 2020 at 10:23 am

We learned just last night of Mike’s passing. He was such a friendly neighbor and would cheerfully chat with us on our walks in the neighborhood. Art and I send our deepest sympathy, Nancy, to you and your entire family.

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Beth Lee

February 4, 2021 at 11:16 pm

I am so sorry about Mike. Coty, Steve and I have had soooo many good times with Mike…he was one of a kind. God Bless Mike. I love you Adam and Matt. Sincerly, Aunt Beth

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