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Richard David Lee, Jr.

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Richard David Lee, Jr., age 79, passed away on July 5, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.  He was born in Los Angeles, California on July 27, 1937 to the late Richard David Lee, Sr. and Bettye Montoya.  Richard shared 36 wonderful years with his wife, Vanessa Rae (Tanner) Lee.  He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lisa Whitney; and nephew, Bobby Gratton.  Richard is survived by his loving wife, Vanessa Lee; children, Mario Keaton, Richard David Lee III, Alicia Raquel Lee, Jeff Lee, Richard David Lee IV, and Shawn Tanner; sisters, Carolyn Richards and Elizabeth (Tom) Rietz; mother-in-law, Janice Tanner; and numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Richard is a U.S. Army Veteran and proud to have served his country.  He was a business owner and fiberglass technician.  Richard was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio.  He enjoyed playing the drums in a club band and taught dancing at Arthur Murray Studios.  Richard was a fun loving soul with a great heart.  He was a wonderful provider and devoted family man.  He was truly loved and will be forever missed by all who knew him.  A visitation will take place on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM with a service scheduled at 5:00 PM all being hosted at Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214.  An interment will be conducted the following day on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richard’s memory to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Michele wilson says:

    Big rick you were always my Buddy. I will truly miss love you bro.RIH

  • Kezia RobersonForever says:

    Forever loved

  • Janice tanner says:

    He was a very handsome in a very sweet guy and I love them very much

  • Janice tanner says:

    He was a very sweet guy loving and caring and I love him and will miss him

  • Andrea and Earl Williams says:

    You were our neighbor for 18 years. We will miss waving at you across the street and seeing u and Vanessa sit on the porch together. Our condolences to the family. God bless.

  • Valerie Tanner says:

    I really will miss you Big Rick love you bro

  • Terry Newby says:

    To my sister Vanessa and your son Rick sending my prayers your way to Rick’s other children you all are in my prayers may God continue to lift you up in spirit and keep you strong may God continue to watch over you in Jesus name I pray Amen

  • Deb Gratton Colosimo says:

    May you rest in eternal peace Uncle Rick. Prays of comfort for all who knew and loved you.

  • Peggy Simmons says:

    So sorry about your loss! I was a classmate of jims. He also saved my life when I was a young man. Ben Simmons and family 🙏🏻

  • Wife vanessa says:

    Richard was a great man and very great husband and a great provider and I loved him very very much he was my best friend he was my lover he was my world he was my everything and I still miss him till this day and I hope to see him again I love you Richard with all my heart you mean world to me and you will never be forgotten I love you very very there is not a day go by that I never think about you I dream of you every night I feel like you’re close to me all the time I reach over oh my phone oh to touch you but you’re not there but I know you are with me in spirit I love you so much I will never forgive you as long as I live

  • Wife vanessa says:

    I just wanted to say that I love my husband very much he was a great person and a great provider and have a good heart I love him very much and I miss him every day I dream about him every night I think about him all the time I will see you again one day and when I roll over on the bed I roll over to touch you but you’re not there my heart is really broken and I miss you. You where aspecial person in my life. You are my best friend my lover you are my everything you are the greatest person that I have ever met in my life and no one can ever take your place I love you with all my heart I will see you again one day love you forever your wife Vanessa

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