Leon 'Lee''s Story
Leon "Lee" Walter passed away on Sept. 13, 2017. He was born and raised in Cedar.
In early 1943, at the age of 17, Lee went into the Marines during World War II, serving in the South Pacific theatre. Upon returning, he finished college at Central Michigan University and went on to earn his master's degree from University of Michigan. He taught Speech Pathology in the Bay City area schools.
In June 1947, Lee married his high school sweetheart, Betty.
Lee later took a job with Standard Oil of Indiana in marketing and served as sales manager in the Detroit region. This led to the ownership of a gasoline and auto tech repair facility in Franklin, which he successfully operated until his retirement. He spent winter months in Naples, Florida and summer months in Traverse City, operating his own charter fishing boat out of Frankfort for several years.
Lee was an active member of the Naples Elks Lodge and Countryside Fold and Country Club.
He was the last of seven family members. Preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his two sisters, Marge Maxbauer, and Ruth Valade; four brothers, Bill, Steve, Lewis and Stan Walter.
He is survived by his son, Bob, wife, Linda; granddaughter, Michelle and her husband, Cyrus; and three great-grandsons, Holden, Stephan and Henryk.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be send to Vitas Healthcare, Hospice.
Published on September 25, 2017