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Lee Joseph Goulet, 78 of Midland, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 18, 2019. He was born October 15, 1941 in Bay City, to Harold J. and Audrey A. (Little) Goulet.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Billee; their three children, Janine Goulet Nugent, Jackie (Carlos) McGee, Jonna (Jason) Bakus and six grandchildren, who knew him as Bumpa. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lawrence.

Lee was a lifelong Midland resident and member of the first graduating class of the new Midland High School in 1959. A three-sport athlete in basketball, baseball and football, he scored the first touchdown at Midland Community Stadium. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University where he played baseball and football. His career began at First National Bank and Trust in 1959, working his way up from teller to Vice President. On September 27, 1963, he married the love of his life, Billee Jo Shetzley. He later became the owner of Midland Painting Company, until his retirement in 2002.

Lee enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time at his beloved cabin at the Benmark Club.

His life revolved around his family. His grandkids were his pride and joy and he loved watching them during their sports and activities. He had a close circle of lifelong friends and was an active member in the Midland community.

The family will receive visitors at 2:30 PM on Saturday November 23 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider a donation to the MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Heart and Vascular Center at https://midmichigan.thankyou4caring.org/caringhearts.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Goulet family; to share a special memory pleases visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jos. Chas. Bradley

    25 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Family of Lee Goulet–Please accept my sincere condolences. It was my good fortune to know Lee since he was a youngster. He was a first-class gentleman; always friendly and interesting when we’d cross paths. May he rest in peace.

  2. Joe Ward

    22 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Billie and family,
    Please accept my condolences on your loss. As a member of the Benmark Club,
    I will miss Lee’s dedication to the club and his participation in its activities.

  3. Kim Busuttil

    22 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Billee, Janine, Jackie, and Jonna:
    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the four of you and your families. We have such incredible memories of our fun family vacations with the Goulet family. Our family was incredibly blessed to know and love you all. May God bless all of you, and may Lee Rest In Peace with Christ. You all will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    Much love,
    Debbie, Kim, Chas and Robbie

  4. Terry Moore

    21 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Lee and Billie Jo were “royalty “ at Midland High.
    Both were the kind of upperclassmen we wanted to emulate …. just an awesome couple . Our community is better because of them. We share in the sadness
    of his passing .
    Terry and Carleen Moore

  5. Kelly Nagel

    21 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Bille, Jonna& Jason, Jackie&Carlos, Janine, and grandchildren….What a good and generous man your husband, father, grandfather was, I am so blessed that I got to know him. I will miss the sound of his voice, the wisdom of his advice, and the stories that he shared. Praying for you all to have peace beyond understanding during this difficult and sad time.Thinking of your family with love. Kelly Nagel

  6. Peter Jennings

    20 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    My humblest condolences and good thoughts to the family. When we first moved to Midland in 1984, I was so fortunate to meet Lee, Bill Bailey and TK Johnson. Lee was class act and feel so lucky that I had a chance to laugh and enjoy his company at the MCC. When Jim F and I started the MCC project in 2005, Lee was a strong supporter and great advisor. He has great legacy of friends. Will be missed.

  7. Jennifer Shetzley Grischkowsky

    20 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Uncle Lee you were always larger than life to me. I will treasure all the happy memories I have of our families spending time together. Love you Aunt Bill. Sending love to Janine, Jackie and Jonna as well

  8. Shirley Nugent

    20 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    My deepest sympathies to the family. May he Rest In Peace.

  9. Steve & Linda Juday

    20 November 2019 3 weeks ago

    Billie and family,
    Steve and I were very saddened to hear about Lee, We always enjoyed being with you both and enjoying our kids, and now hearing about the Grandkids! Please give our love and sympathy to all of them.
    Steve and Linda Juday

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