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Jeffrey "Jeff" Allan Lee

Jeff’s life began on December 9, 1962, in Ravenna, Ohio. He was the son of Carlos A. and Mary Alice (McManus) Lee. Jeff was a graduate of Capital City Christian School in Lansing, MI, and American Military University with a Master’s degree in Military History. He was united in marriage to the former Dawn Drake on October 2, 1982, in Lansing.

Most people that knew Jeff, knew him as a pastor but he was really a shepherd. He shepherded congregations all over the country before coming to Marion in 2012 to lead the Aulne Church. He touched the lives of so many people, showed them the true love of Christ over and over. Jeff loved to sing, to laugh and enjoyed his family so very much.

His loving family includes his wife Dawn of Marion; children Ryan (Amanda) Lee of Hillsboro, Amanda (Jason) Murray of Hartford, IA, Catherine “Catie” (Lucas) Zurcher of Marion and son in law Shaun Craft of Marion; grandchildren Alexandria, Miriam, Jonah, and Grace Lee, Landon, Brant, and Gavin Murray, Vance and Ransom Scholten, Eivin, Wesley and Jackson Zurcher, and Iliana, Gannon and Colt Craft; sisters Kathy Wiegman of Charlottesville, VA, Barbara Bloomer of Holt, MI, Carla North of Newport, TN, and Shirley Lee of Lansing, MI.

Jeff went to be with his Savior on Monday October 18, 2021, from NMC Medical in Newton after an extended illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jennifer Craft and brother David Lee.

Jeff’s family will gather with friends on Friday October 22nd at 4 p.m. at the Aulne Church for his memorial service led by Pastor Steve McVey. Yazel- Megli Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Jeff’s name may be directed to Gideon’s International. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Jeff at www.yazelmeglifh.com

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Pastor Jeff is one of the BEST FRIENDS that I have ever had and I was BLESSED BEYOND WORDS TO HAVE HAD HIM IN MY LIFE. Sometimes we take our lives for granted and then God wakes us up! I was not ready to say goodbye to my friend and brother in Christ and I will remain forever anxious to see him again. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for steering Pastor Jeff into my life!

Fred Puttroff Jr Nov 1 2021 11:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey "Jeff" Lee

Julie Deines Oct 25 2021 11:30 PM

I, too,am shocked and saddened to hear that Pastor Jeff left early to be with the Lord and left us behind.

I remember him on Labor Day quoting Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This is what is on the open Bible in the area where my dad is buried. He was another man who loved to sing and died too young. A few months earlier he talked to me about Gods timing not being something we were always meant to understand. Sometimes it's just a person's time to go home to rest and get well.

Vicki Houk Oct 25 2021 12:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey "Jeff" Lee

Franny & Robert Hoch Oct 24 2021 5:51 PM

My deepest sympathies to Dawn and the family! My wife Valorie is there to greet Jeff as she arrived in heaven July 7, 2021. I rejoice for Jeff and Val but my heart aches for those left behind.

Mark Hurless Oct 24 2021 5:10 PM

Tom and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss!We both thought much of Jeff, when we moved to Florence ,he was pastoring the methodist church which we attended. Last year I had the opportunity to talk with him again on several occasions,, he would come in the restaurant I worked at , him and several other men, bibles in hand and sit and read and discuss the word..It was wonderful to see and hear. Tom was very fond of Jeff and we would catch his TV services when we could, Words just can't even express your losses but we are praying for your family..

Tom and Dawna Blaes Oct 22 2021 8:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey "Jeff" Lee

Jeriah, Lane, Lewis, Linda & Bill Oct 22 2021 7:54 PM

On behalf of your Lakin Wesleyan Church family, we are forever in debt and gratitude to the Lord of your spiritual legacy in Lakin. Your pastoring heart and spirit will be missed.

Pastor Chris and Suzanne McFadden Oct 22 2021 4:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey "Jeff" Lee

Carissa Thiessen Oct 22 2021 12:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey "Jeff" Lee

Linda Lyles Oct 22 2021 8:03 AM

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