Clifford "Kipper" Lee, Jr., 80, of Clay St., Green Springs, passed away, Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.
Kipper entered this world the same way he left it. He was born on September 17, 1932 in Adams Township to Clifford and Pearl Mae (Wyle) Lee, Sr.
Kip was always a hard working person and began his long career at Whirlpool Corp. when he was only 16 years old. He was laid off 6 months before his eighteenth birthday and was rehired when he was of legal age.
Kipper served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict as a 1st Class Seaman aboard the USS Weiss. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal-with three bronze stars, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Occupations Service Medal (Asia), Korean Presidential Unit Citation, China Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Kip then married Thelma Jean "Tubby" McClanahan on December 19, 1955 in Fremont, and she preceded him in death in 2002. Clifford worked at Whirlpool Corporation for fifty years until he retired.
Kip was involved with many activities throughout his life from coaching Drillets and baseball to being involved in softball and bowling leagues. He was an avid race car fan and enjoyed building stock cars with his family and friends as well as watching Dale Earhart. He also enjoyed his Wednesday morning breakfast club at the Clyde Eagles with his brother Earlie Lee and good friend Don Sours.
He was a life member of the Green Springs VFW, member of the Clyde Eagles and a former member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Clifford is survived by his sons, Daryol E. (Cindy) Lee of Green Springs and Kevin C. Lee of Fremont; siblings Earlie Lee and Sally Day both of Green Springs; grandchildren, Kristen (Mike) Burns, Brooke (Drew) Lee, Kandice (Johnny) Lee, Kevin (Misty) Lee, Keith Pert, Rachel Pert; great grandchildren, Madison, Bryce, Marissa, Kollin, Macy, Karson, Grant and Meadow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma Jean "Tubby" Lee; siblings, Ada Mae Gittinger, Iva Berdine Laux, Jeanine Sherman and Milan Lee.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 211 N. Broadway St. in Green Springs.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Christine Tobergte officiating. Burial will be in Butternut Ridge Cemetery in Green Springs.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Online Condolences: www.whhfh.com.
Horvath Hanes Funeral Home-Green Springs
425 E. STATE ST. Green Springs, OH 44836
Published in The Clyde Enterprise from Dec. 19 to Dec. 26, 2012