Lee was born on March 30, 1934 in Magoffin County, KY to the late Edward and Leatha (Howard) Stephens.
Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University in 1967 and was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He retired from New Departure as a Production Control Manager in 1991 after 25 years.
Lee was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He was also a Master Gardener in Huron County, as well as a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association.
Lee volunteered as a woodcarver for the Merry-Go-Round Museum, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boy Scouts of America. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodcarving, sports, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Lee is survived by his daughter, Karen (James) Bradshaw of Chapel Hill, NC; sons, Brian Stephens of New Bern, NC, Keith (DiAnn) Stephens of Southampton, NJ and Paul Stephens of Shiloh, IL; grandchildren, Katherine, Michael, Sophia and Brandon; sisters, Sylvia Poe of Lima, OH and Loretta Bahr of Salina, KS as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Carol (Didelius) Stephens in 2012; sisters, Darcus Boggs, Martha Hatch and Goldie Schimmoler; brothers, Frank Stephens, Hawley Stephens, Claude Stephens, Clayton (Ted) Stephens and an infant brother, Monroe Stephens.
Friends may call on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E Perkins Ave, Sandusky. Friends may also call on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 11:00 AM at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory. Rev. Dr. Eric Bodenstab of Zion Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
Those wishing to contribute to Lee's memory may do so to the Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared online at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.