William Robert Lee “Bob” passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Remembrance Day, May 31, 2021. Shortly before turning 73 in March 2021, Bob was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer .
On his last day, he was able to share farewell words with his wife Karen Lee, daughter Bobbi, son-in-law Thomas Grabarek and daughter Greta, who all reside in Fishers together. His son Brad, daughter-in-law Sierra (Linarducci) and son Sage also live nearby in Fishers and were present and were able to say goodbye to him. Bob’s parents, William “Ralph” Lee and Meda, predeceased him.
Bob’s condition has really changed faster than the family and the doctors expected. However, until his last day he was able to do things he loved, like sharing stories, watching movies, laughing, being selfless, positive, and personable.
Bob was born and raised in Southport. He attended Southport High School where he graduated in 1966. Bob enjoyed basketball, baseball and football growing up. He was president of his high school chefs club. His culinary interest led him to Michigan State University, where he specialized in hotel restaurant management. As the students do, Bob changed his specialty… Accounting was IT. Michigan State University is where Bob and Karen met and married in the Alumni Chapel 49 years ago. July 10, 2021 will be their 50th anniversary.
Bob left Michigan with more than the love of Karen, he was a die-hard MSU Spartan. He was rarely seen without wearing at least one MSU item. He was president of the Central Indiana MSU Alumni Club for eight years. BOWLING. Did someone say bowling? Bob’s favorite pastime was bowling !! And he was GOOD !! Karen said he could join the Pro Circuit at any time and that she would follow. He played a perfect match at Strike Force Lanes!
In the fall of 1970, Bob applied for his first job as an accountant in downtown Indianapolis. Later, after passing his CPA exam, Bob went to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield and focused on healthcare. Health care accounting was his specialty. As they grew older, Bobbi and Brad shared their passion for the sport with them and coached many seasons of basketball and softball. In addition to training and bowling, Bob enjoyed boating, fishing, yard work, his pool, and the business that came with the pool.
Bob and Karen were members of the Bradley United Methodist Church for 36 years in Greenfield before transferring to McCordsville United Methodist where they are currently members. They moved from Greenfield to Indianapolis in 2016 to be closer to their children and families. After their retirement, Bob and Karen became grandparents and loved taking care of their first grandchild, Greta, and then Sage. A longtime neighbor once said, “He might have a bite of poo and still have something nice to say. Bob was loved by many and was a loyal, patient, caring and humble role model for his children and grandchildren. He has been a compassionate, loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather throughout his life.
A closed family cremation service was held on Thursday, June 3 at Indiana Funeral Care, Harry W. Moore Chapel in Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McCordsville United Methodist Church, more details can be found here https://fb.me/BobLeeCelebration2021.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Bob Lee to the American Cancer Society.