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Reginald Manley Lee (Reg) passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. Born on January 6, 1927, in Bay City, Michigan, Reg was 93 years old and is survived by his children, Elisabeth Sramkoski (Michael), Bonnie Pattee (David), Sandy Bucher (Brian) and Douglas Lee; nine grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. Reg was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, his wife, Anne, and son, Dennis.

While together, Reg and Anne lived in Midland and spent winters in South Texas after retiring. They were frequent travelers to numerous countries, also visiting their children and grandchildren in the various locations they each lived.

Reg served in the United States Navy, as a gunner, where he developed his passion for vintage aircraft, and his love of flying. He was proud of being a World War II Veteran. After serving his country, in 1950, Reg married Anne Fisher in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He attended Central Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, followed by completing his graduate work at the University of Michigan. He taught school at Central Intermediate, where he also worked in the athletic program. He was a partner in a residential and commercial paint business, while also owning and managing rental properties. During this time, he was a member of the Midland Church of the Brethren where he enjoyed leading the Youth Group. While living in South Texas, Reg volunteered as a teacher at the local elementary school.

Reg was a special and amazing person. He was a true gift to his family, had a deep passion for life, was an insatiable reader, and a deeply caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We will miss his great stories and the experiences that he loved to share.  

Our family is grateful for the care and support Reg received at Plainview Assisted Living.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the family home, 1756 N. Dublin Avenue, Midland on July 18, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Midland County Vets at 3 pm.

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

Condolence Messages

  1. Tina J Podboy Laughner

    16 July 2020 4 months ago

    Reg was a frequent participant at the Trailside Center when I was the director. He was a delightful, kind and gentle man and a great addition to the Trailside regulars. I will miss him but am grateful for knowing him. My condolences to the family.

  2. Kirstine Larsen Brocker

    27 June 2020 4 months ago

    Sorry to hear about your Father’s death. My Mother, Evelyn Lee Larsen was Reg’s cousin.

  3. gaye horden

    14 May 2020 6 months ago

    i was so sorry to read that reg had passed away. we get our paper mailed to us so it is always days late. i had reg as a teacher a central he always kept and eye on me and if somethng happened he was right there . we also went to the the brerhren church together.alot of cinnamon rolls on easter and the breakfastaf was amazing. i missed him when we left central and tried to talk him into going to midland high. he just smiled and gave me one of his looks. he was a great man and i know all you kids will miss him.

  4. Bud Stevens

    24 April 2020 6 months ago

    Hello— My name is Dr. Bud Stevens. I met Reg at Plainview, shortly afte he entered. We had several discussions and I was impressed with him and his love of those with whom he related, especially a tablemate, Dudley Chamberlain, with whom he had worked “in another life”. My sister Shirley Doll – also living at Plainview- shared with me how Reggie was always a very pleasant and amicable gentleman. Those who knew him at Plainview greatly miss him, and know he is now with the Lord.

  5. Charles Pnack Jr

    22 April 2020 6 months ago

    To Doug and Family, my deepest condolences for the loss of you father.

  6. Shirley & Jim McLean

    21 April 2020 6 months ago

    So sorry that you have lost your father. Reg and your family were our good neighbors for a lot of years.

  7. Fred & Lynn (Sramkoski) Mieske

    21 April 2020 6 months ago

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family

  8. Steven Walter

    21 April 2020 6 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Rhonda Draves Siefke

    20 April 2020 6 months ago

    Fond memories of Mr. Lee and the entire Lee Family. My parents, Fenton & Josephine Draves & 3 younger brothers were Friends & attended Midland schools together! Prayers for Peace & Strength for All!

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