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Gene Lee

May 19, 1939 — March 11, 2020

Gene Lee

Gene Howard Lee

May 19, 1939-March 11, 2020

Gene Howard Lee, 80, of Monticello, IN, passed away Wednesday March 11, 2020 at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello, IN.

He was born May 19, 1939 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Charles and Ruth Morton Lee. Gene was a lifelong resident of the La Porte area, spending the last few years in Monticello with his wife, Doris, who he married on September 16, 2017. He served in the US armed forces as a Navy Seabee from 1957 to 1959.

Gene attended the 1st Presbyterian Church in Monticello, was a member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge 222 Kingsbury, the International Harvester collectors club chapter 33 in La Porte,  Crane Operator IUOE retired Local 150 (engineers club) and the Sunday Farmer's Tractor Club.  Gene had a passion for antique tractors and trains.  He loved Cracker Barrel and carried a map in his car where each Cracker Barrel was. He enjoyed eBay and exploring the computer.

Gene is survived by his wife, Doris;  four sons, Mark of Espanola, NM; Larry of La Porte; Charles of La Porte; and Billy of Chico, CA; two daughters, Cindy of Shorewood, Jackie (Eddie) Burek of La Porte; two sisters, Rita (Bob) Vantine of La Porte, Kay Lee of Twisp, WA; 11 grandchildren, Mark, April, Melissa, Luke, Amanda, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Abigail, Rebecca, Jessica, and Molly and 15 great grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Ada and a son Lou.

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Sunday, March 15 from 4-8 PM and Monday from 10 am to service time.  A Masonic service will take place at 7 pm Sunday evening. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 16, at 11 am with Pastor Jay Loucks officiating. Interment will follow at the Salem Cemetery, La Porte, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607.

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