Leslie Lee Jr
(1931 - 2014)

Leslie Lee Jr

August 20, 1931

October 15, 2014

Leslie Stanton Lee, Jr. born August 20, 1931 in Indianapolis to Leslie Stanton Lee and Anna Lois Dissette Lee, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2014 in Westfield, Indiana.

Les grew up on a ranch near Animas, New Mexico until he was eight years of age, when he moved to Indianapolis with his older sister, Barbie, and widowed mother. He lived in the Golden Hill neighborhood, where he and his friends had many opportunities to play pranks on members of the nearby Woodstock Country Club. He was known for his good nature and his sense of humor; many of his stories will be told for years to come, including some from his days on the ranch. His passion and love for the southwest remained with him throughout his life.

Les graduated from The Orchard School in 1946 and was a member of the 1950 graduating class of Park School. He attended Hanover and Butler Universities. Les is a Korean war Veteran and was a member of the occupying forces in Germany while serving in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956. While there Les developed a fondness for that area of the world.

Les was a life long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10003 in Carmel, Indiana. He was also active in the Penrod Society and was one of its founding members in 1967; because of this he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash. He was a member of The Dramatic Club, The Players, Lambs Club, and the CINTRAK model railroading club. Les grew up as a member of St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church and later became affiliated with Christ the King Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers, Indiana

He was the loving and proud father of his three children, Virginia Lee Davis (Kelly), Katherine “Katz” Lee Finch (Mark) and Leslie Stanton Lee III, all of Indianapolis. He is survived by his children; his sister, Barbara Lee Ingham of St. Michaels, Maryland; and his cousins Alice Elizabeth Ervin of Patagonia, Arizona; James Alexander Zinn, Jr. (Olivia) of West Plains, Missouri; Mary Charlotte Raynard (Richard) of Denver, Colorado; and William Michael Zinn (Julianne) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was formerly married to Mary Vyverberg Paul of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunts, Mary Eunice Dissette and Joanna Dissette Zinn; and his nephew James Richmond “Butch” Ingham III.

Les was the family historian and was quietly proud of being descended from the Lees of Virginia. His hobbies included N-gauge trains, photography, cross-country skiing and bicycling. He was also a perpetual tinkerer and could fix practically anything. His 3-D problem-solving skills landed him a job at Procter and Gamble where, as a food safety inspector, he installed and oversaw the the food-preparation areas of restaurants and groceries in the midwest. He attributed his inventive skills to his paternal grandfather, Dwight Barlow “D. B.” Lee, who was a pioneering inventor during the birth of the automobile in Detroit; the company he founded eventually became MOPAR.

His family would like to thank the excellent staff at Maple Park Village Assisted Living for their loving care of Les at the end of his long life.

A celebration of Les’ life will take place on Sunday, November 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at VFW post 10003 at 12863 Old Meridian Street in Carmel, Indiana, with a memorial service at 3 p.m. Alex Rearick, Jr. Vice Commander, will officiate a tribute to honor Les’ life and to allow others the opportunity to do the same. Friends and family are invited to continue sharing afterwards at the nearby home of one of his children. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to South Central Newfoundland Rescue, 6162 N. Colonial Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46228 or online at www.scnewfrescue.org, VFW Post #10003 post in Carmel or the donor’s favorite charity. Les’ final resting places will be where he spent some of the happiest days of his life: on his beloved ranch in Animas, New Mexico; with his parents in El Paso and in Germany.

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when loved one dies the pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable.
but the bible promises that the dead ones will be resurrected and will have an opportunity to live forever on this earth in peaceful and happy conditions.
please visit www.jw.org and there you can find more about this.
Anish nagesh (none)
December 7th, 2014
Dear Virginia, Katz & Les,
Charlie and I have sweet memories of your Dad. We wish we had known him better, and spent more time with him. He was always kind and giving, ready to help with any perplexing mechanical projects, with a twinkle in his eye and an open love for people. We know you miss him, as we all do. You are a great example of the legacy he has left to bless others.
Charlie & Elisabeth Culp (Friends)
November 7th, 2014
I am blessed to have met Leslie Lee, Very soft spoken gentleman and very respectful.I will always remember your prank on my birthday (October 4) .You made my day.Rest well.
Emma (Nurse)
November 6th, 2014
Les was a most special person, and memories of him are warmly recalled. He was 12 years my senior--someone to look up to as a child, be proud of as a teenager, and admire as an adult. Racing those really cool slot-cars on his very elaborate homebuilt track in the Golden Hills basement; being able to handle (maybe, touch would be more accurate) his Dad's "real old-west cowboy" single action Colt 45; having him help put things back together, that I had taken apart and couldn't. Being proud to see him in his crisp Air Force uniform, after returning from over-seas; the pit passes for 1959 Indy qualifying trials. Sensing his struggles as a young adult, and watching him mellow as his children grew and settled. Enjoying his easing outlook and sense of humor in his later years, and the extra affection he shared with my mother. A life roundly and well lived. Special thoughts for his sister and children from us.
Jim & Olivia Zinn (cousin)
October 30th, 2014
During our years at Park School (Class of '50) I was a close friend of Les. We used to spend literally hours on the phone in the evening. The Lees had a party line, and we became acquainted with the girls in the family on the other line, although we never learned where they lived.

Les was a wonderful mechanic. He could fix a car with stuff he found on the ground. His Model T Ford was a wonder to me.

Les was a man you could depend on -- someone that you could count on to be where he needed to be in case you needed help or someone to talk to. - A good man to have known.
Jim Hogshire (Friend since grade school)
October 30th, 2014
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"Dad, I'm thinking about you. Your service yesterday at the VFW in Carmel was heartwarming. Now and old friends alike showed up in your memory. I love you. We all miss you. Thank you for making yourself "known" in your unique and humorous way!"
Katherine Lee Finch
November 3rd, 2014
"Rest in Peace, dear Les, from your cousin, Lib. I will never forget you."
Elizabeth Ervin
October 29th, 2014
"Love you, Les, my friend since Park-Tudor days in the 1950s. Rosanna"
Rosanna Hall
October 28th, 2014
"With love for our dad from Kelly & Virginia"
Virginia Davis
October 23rd, 2014
"I love you and miss you so so so much, dad."
Katz Finch
October 23rd, 2014

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