Richard J. Lee,
Jr., age 76 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at
He was born on June
26, 1943, in Gary, IN, to Richard J. and Mary (Baker) Lee.
Richard is survived
by children, Lisa (Burt) Biebuyck, Richard J. Lee III, Jennifer (Brian)
Miller, Allison (Brandie Harper) Lee; brother, Patrick (Karren) Lee; sister,
Wendy Lee; grandchildren, Nathan, Gavin, and Cameron Biebuyck, Christian
(Hannah Toth) and Samuel Lee, Brice and Blake Miller, Parker Lee;
great-grandsons, Jayden Hayley and Thomas Lee; many extended family members
and dear friends.
He was preceded in
death by his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Nancy Lynn Lee; his parents;
and sister, Terri Lee.
from East Gary Edison High School, class of 1961, and attended Wabash
College. He worked as a Systems Analyst at US Steel and later ArcelorMittal.
Richard was a proud member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton for
over 40 years. He was a lifelong athlete and became an avid distance runner
- journaling each mile - then a fanatical long-distance walker and health
and fitness enthusiast following double knee and hip replacements. Richard
and Nancy doted on their many, many dog children, all of them rescues. Any
human would envy the lifestyle and love they provided. The couple preferred
to spend time traveling to their children's homes and recalling beloved
family stories, sporting events and performances. Richard was a stickler for
accuracy while recounting every date, time and nuanced detail, and for that
we loved him.
A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick
Catholic Church, 638 N Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304. Burial will follow
at Angelcrest Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN.
Visitation will be
held on Sunday, June 30, 2019, from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
in Richard's honor may be made to the University of Chicago Medicine
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gift Administration and Business Data, 5235 S.
Harper Ct., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615 or to The American Heart
Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. Online condolences
may be made to the family at www.ee-fh.com