May 21, 1964 - Jul 15, 2022


May 21, 1964 - July 15, 2022


William Michael "Billy" Lee, 58, of Negaunee, passed away early Friday morning, July 15, 2022 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay with his family at his side.

Billy was born on May 21, 1964 at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base to William H. and Sharon Mae (Grinde) Lee and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1984 graduate of Negaunee High School.

Billy, over the years, was formerly employed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the Northwoods Supper Club, Country Kitchen, Hardees, and Ski Brule. In his free time he enjoyed photography, listening to country music, and played several instruments including harmonica, banjo, concertina, guitar, and electronic keyboard.

Billy was well known for his sense of humor and his fervent desire to help those around him especially his friends at Teal Lake Apartments in Negaunee.

Billy is survived by his father, William H. Lee of Negaunee, two brothers, Dan (Mary) Rodeck of Grand Ledge, MI, Michael (Tracy) Lee of Dewitt, MI; one sister, Debbie (Charlie VanBeynen) Rodeck Hatcher of Negaunee; also three nieces, Emily, Elizabeth and Jordan (Duncan); also a nephew, Henry. Billy is also survived by a sister-in-law, Joy Hatcher. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Mae Lee and a brother-in-law, Josh A. Hatcher.

A celebration of Billy's life will be held at a later date at Bethany Lutheran Church in Negaunee and will be announced. Burial will take place in the Negaunee Cemetery.

Due to Billy's love of animals, those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 in his memory.

Cremation and memorial arrangements have been entrusted to Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Marquette where memories of Billy may be shared at canalefuneral.com.

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Bethany Lutheran Church

555 Cherry Street
Negaunee, MI 49866

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