Christopher R. Lee
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Gerst Funeral Homes
3980 Cascade Rd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Christopher Ryan Lee, age 37 of East Lansing, MI passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 12, 2021. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Albert B. Lee, John Begthel; grandmother, Catherine P. Lee; cousin, Millicent Pavlik; and uncles, David Pavlik, Scott Lee. Chris is survived by his son, Parker John Lee; parents, Mark & Kathleen Lee; brothers, John Lee, Hunter Lee; grandparents, Jerrold R. & Marlene Landstra; brother-in-law, Michael Majer; sister-in-law, Samantha Lee; aunts, Mary Lee, Melissa Wells, Christine Yoas; uncle, Scot Yoas; and nephew, Banks David Lee. Chris was a Sergeant in the United States Military for the 101st Airborne Division and received an Army Commendation Medal for the bravery he displayed during his tour in Iraq. In addition to being a decorated war veteran, Christopher had an Associate's degree in Real Estate. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30am Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1215 Modaff Rd, Naperville, IL 60540. Fr. MM, presiding. Masks and social distancing will be required. The mass may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/gerstgrandrapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made out to the VFW National Home for Children, https://www.vfwnationalhome.org/give and/or Naperville Responds for Veterans, https://www.napervilleresponds.org/donate/.
Published by Naperville Sun on Mar. 17, 2021.
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Kathleen and David Winkler
March 22, 2021
Mary Duncan
March 22, 2021
Such a pleasure to meet Chris years ago, eternally grateful for his service to this country and the joy he brought to all of you, and so many. Endless love for the Lee family, Mark & Kathy, Hunter, Johnny, Sam & Banks. Chris is with you always.
Hannah Rohn
Friend
March 21, 2021
Brother- I will miss you intensity, your smile and your passion. You are the best!

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David Condon
Friend
March 20, 2021
I remember meeting Chris his freshman year at SIU as an ATO pledge. He was always a friendly polite younger guy. I had lots of fun memories with him in college. I also remember being so proud of Chris when he decided to join the Army and even more so when I heard the stories of his bravery. I’m so grateful to have had the chance to know a guy like Chris. You will be missed.
Neil Zuncic
Classmate
March 20, 2021
I have nothing but positive memories from chris saying “quave what’s up bro”. Rip my friend. You will not he forgotten
Mike cuevas
Classmate
March 20, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Chris was such a wonderful person and a true hero. May God with the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Paula and Kevin McBride
Friend
March 20, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Chris was such a wonderful person and a true hero. May God with the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Paula and Kevin McBride
Friend
March 20, 2021
Chris was a shining light, terrific person with a beautiful outlook on life. My condolences to the entire Lee family. I am so sad to hear of his loss.
Joseph Bunge
March 20, 2021
Love, Kyle Kunkel and Family
March 19, 2021
Chris was always a polite and respectful young man! Condolences to Mark, Kathy and family.
Craig and Karen Vogel
Friend
March 19, 2021
Even though I did not live far from Christopher, I never got the privilege to meet him. I would like to thank him for his service in helping keep our country safe. He is truly a hero! My heart goes out to his son and loved ones. I pray you feel God's arms wrapped around you durning this difficult time, and the love from Chris.❤
Marie Mohre
March 19, 2021
I did not know Christopher, but am saddened about his death. I appreciate his service to our country. My heart breaks for your family. I will continue prayers.
Diana
March 19, 2021
I did not know Christopher, but am saddened about his death. I appreciate his service to our country. My heart breaks for your family. I will continue prayers for him and his family.
Diana
March 19, 2021
Kathy, Mark, John & Hunter, I haven’t stopped thinking about you and Chris since I heard the news. My deepest sympathy goes to you all and his son. Many of my favorite childhood memories include Chris (and you all). I hope his life is celebrated and the many loving memories so many people have bring some warmth to your hearts. All of our love, Kallie Steffes & John and Arden Littzi
Kallie
Friend
March 18, 2021
Jason & Bianca Morin
March 18, 2021
My heart goes out to everyone in the Lee family. My heart is heavy. Christopher always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. He will truly be missed.
Cathy (Anifer) Stecker
Friend
March 18, 2021
Our love and prayers for the Lee Family during this difficult time. We send our heartfelt sympathy.
Angela and Fred Graefenhain
Friend
March 18, 2021
Angela and Fred Graefenhain
March 18, 2021
Dear Kathy and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Kathy I haven’t seen you in years, but I know how much you treasures your family and especially your boys. I always thought of you as a loving mother. My heart goes out to you at this time. I will be praying that the lord gives you strength and brings Christopher eternal peace.
Most sincerely, Carol Rivers
Carolyn Rivers
Friend
March 17, 2021
Ryan Pikus
March 17, 2021
I went to High School with Chris. He was the kindest, sweetest person. Always had a smile on his face and was friends with everyone. I am so sorry for your loss, Lee family. I will always remember him as the beautiful person that he was.
Courtney
Friend
March 17, 2021
Scot
Family
March 17, 2021
Scot
Family
March 17, 2021
Gail Niermeyer
March 17, 2021
Will miss you Chris - RIP & Sparty On!
Mike Redinger
Family
March 17, 2021
Much Love, Ginny and Mike
March 17, 2021
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