James Michael Lee passed away on November 18, 2014, surrounded by his family after a long illness with multiple myeloma.
He was born June 20, 1937, the son of Joseph A. and Eleanor (Mirts) Lee. In 1955, Mike married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Pinson.
Surviving are his wife and three children, Debbie Shryock and her husband Joe, Denise Lee Kloeppel and Brian Lee and his wife Tina; four grandchildren, Brett Shryock and wife, Ashley, Erin Clendenin and husband, Jason, Kinsey Finklang and husband, Scott and Jed Lee; four great-grandchildren, Brynn, Jude and Farrah Shryock and Allie Clendenin; two brothers, Edward Lee and wife, Jean and John W. Lee and wife Jan; two sisters-in-law, June Smith and Pat Pinson of Edina, MO and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Mike in death are his parents and one grandson, Sam Kloeppel.
A man who dearly loved his family and his Church, Mike was a member of First Christian Church of Fulton where he had served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of the Fulton Breakfast Optimist club and had been honored as a distinguished President and also received the Optimist of Year Award. He served as a member of the Fulton School Board for six years and served during the time that the current high school was completed. Mike was appointed as President of the Central Missouri School Board Association and served for two years. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 50. He was an active member of the Fulton High School Band Boosters and the Fulton High School Athletic Boosters, where he served as President. He was a long time member of the Fulton Jaycees and held all of the offices. In the early part of his life, Mike served six years in the United States Naval Reserve.
Mike loved fishing and enjoyed trips to Canada and Kentucky Lake with his son. He was a collector of dairy milk bottles and political buttons. He was an avid fan of the Missouri Tigers football and basketball teams and the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed working with wood and building furniture and crafts. His wife and children each have pieces of furniture he made that they will cherish forever. He loved traveling with his wife and friends and loved attending the many athletic events and other activities involving his children and grandchildren.
Mike dedicated his working years to the Ovid Bell Press where he was employed for 44 years. He later was employed by Debo Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., in Fulton, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Fulton, 6 East 7th Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251 or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251.