David C. Lee
1930 - 2020
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Lee, David C. Muskegon David Collins Lee, 90, passed away on December 30, 2020 at his summer home in Norton Shores, MI, and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Dave was born July 12, 1930 in Minneapolis, MN to Harry R. Lee & Mary Mae (Collins) Lee. A 1948 graduate of St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO, a graduate of Boston College, Class 1953 and Boston College Law School, Class 1961. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. David was an FBI Special Agent from 1961-1965. He spent his career with General Telephone Company (GTE) (now Verizon) 1965 Tampa FL, 1966 Muskegon, MI, Director of Security, 1972 Legal Counsel & 1984-1991, Senior Attorney, Westfield/Indianapolis IN. Dave will be remembered for his quick wit and terrific sense of humor. He was a one-of-a-kind gentleman, of great strength, self-discipline, determination, love, and generosity. He believed in loving & living life to the fullest & one of his greatest gifts was being a steadfast & lifetime friend to so many exceptional people. Dave married Janet (Davis) Moore in 1992 and they shared 30 marvelous years of great love & laughter! His most memorable times were the past 22 summers in Michigan, with his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren from MI & IN & CT. Dave retired from GTE 1991 & his greatest joys were entertaining, traveling & playing golf with Janet, along with tennis, fishing, volunteering, reading & he always continued to learn! Dave volunteered for St. Vincent DePaul Meals on Wheels in Naples for 14 years & he loved Saturday mornings, when he met "the boys" for garage sales, breakfast, and volunteering at Sugden Theater, building sets. Dave is survived by his wife, Janet (Davis) Lee and his four children, David (Dodd) Lee (Marnie), Debbie (Lee) Winter (Jeff), Mary (Lee) Miller, Cathy (Lee) Forrest (Kurt), nine grandchildren, Joshua Miller (Chelsea), Jacob Miller (Mollie), Rachel (Miller) Grotenhuis (Jordon), Elizabeth (Miller) Groover (Dillon), Daniel, Hannah & Maddie Winter, Alex & Luke Forrest, 2 great grandchildren, Theodore & Isla Grotenhuis, Sister, Susan (Lee) Gannon, brother-in-law, Lewis Milkey. And all of his special nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by Mary Eleanor (Ellie) (Dodd) Lee, former wife, sisters, Donna (Lee) Woodward and Nancy (Lee) Milkey, Cousin, Marjorie (Lee) McLaughlin & brother-in-Law, Richard Woodward. Due to Covid, the funeral will be held at a future date this year, in Norton Shores, MI., when the Covid restrictions are lifted. You are invited to visit sytsemafh.com where you may sign the online register of leave a personal message. In lieu of flowers and in David's memory, contributions can be made to St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO or The Little Sisters of the Poor. Arrangements entrusted to The Lee Chapel of The Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 6291 S. Harvey St. Norton Shores, MI 49444.


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Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
Worked for Dave at GTE in the Legal Department 1975 to 1979. He was a great boss. Always enjoyed his sense of humor.
Marilyn Miller
Coworker
January 24, 2021
Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Knew him from GTE in Muskegon and Westfield. Always enjoyed his dry wit especially at our retiree's breakfasts when he would order 2 'chicken' eggs. It would blow the waitress' mind.

jim diamond
Coworker
January 24, 2021
Mr. Collins,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served during the Cold War-first with the U.S. Army and later the FBI. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Mike Casey
January 23, 2021
He is now resting in peace
Lorraine Butler
Acquaintance
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