On October 3, 2021 Lee A. Wittenmyer passed away at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay, Ohio. His wife, Helen, was at his side. He was born January 4, 1949 to Alvin and Alice (Miklovic) Wittenmyer, of Findlay, OH. Lee was previously married to Brenda Jordan, of Findlay, OH, and shared a son, Lane (Tricia) Wittenmyer, of Colorado Springs, CO. Lee is also survived by sisters, Nancy Fekete, of Columbus, OH, Mary Lou (Carl) Gibson, of Findlay, OH and Judith (Larry) Abbott, of Fairfield, OH. Married into a large family, Lee inherited two brothers-in-law, Coy (Donita) Druckemiller, of Carey, OH, Fritz (Judy) Druckemiller of Wakeman, OH, and five favorite sisters-in-law, Cheryl Miller of Landeck, OH, Lial Volsch, of Findlay, OH, Janice Leiter, of Upper Sandusky, OH, Patrica Dible, of Carey, OH, and Julie Niederkohr, of Upper Sandusky, OH. Lee is also survived by step-son Anthony (Angie) Orians, of Upper Sandusky, OH; step-daughters Holly (Joe) Iliff, of Avila Beach, CA and Laurie (Mark) Zaccaro, of Medina, OH. Lee was also the proud grandfather to Lennox Wittenmyer and Keenan and Gunnar Fritz, of Colorado Springs, CO, Fhalyshia (Drew) Horn, of Greensboro, NC, Woodrow Orians, of Chicago, IL and Zachary and Madison Zaccaro of Medina, OH.
Lee was a member of the Findlay High School graduating class of 1968, where he competed on the football and track teams. He attended Northwood Institute in Midland, MI. While growing up in Findlay, OH, Lee played youth basketball at the YMCA with the gang from Northview and this turned into being a lifelong member of the YMCA.
Lee was an assistant coach for his son’s little league team and supported Lane in all his endeavors. He cherished his many memories of OSU football games with Lane, traveling to New Orleans, Arizona and countless games at the Shoe.
Lee enjoyed 43 years at Cooper Tire and Rubber, where he served as secretary for the Local Union. After retiring, Lee enjoyed traveling to California, Colorado, the Florida Keys and Bar Harbor Maine. He loved feeding the many different birds that made their home in the tree line. But nothing topped his favorite past time of riding around on his lawn mower with his favorite red head on his lap, his grandson Lennox.
He especially enjoyed summer excursions with Zach and Madison to see Tecumseh, Cedar Point, the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg. He followed Zach through 10 years of football, from Saturday mornings on youth leagues all the ways to Friday Night lights in high school and his spring Lacrosse games. Lee was there watching as Madison cheered on the side-lines, sat through dance recitals and was very proud when she hung up the dancing shoes and picked up a Lacrosse stick.
He was a diehard Yankee fan, loved the Cleveland Browns and an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. Lee followed the University of Findlay Oilers men’s basketball team for many years.
The family would like to thank Dr. Andre Manilchuk, Dr. David Liebner and their staffs at The James Wexner Medical Center in Columbus for their exceptional care and giving him more time. We also thank our neighbors, family and friends for all their support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers Lee’s heart would be happy if contributions in his name could be made to The James Wexner Medical Center, Cancer Patient Services of Hancock County or Bridge Hospice at Blanchard Valley Hospital.
A Celebration of Lee’s Life will be held October 16, 2021 at Hanneman Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Avenue, Findlay, Ohio with visitation from 1:00-3:00 p.m. A private service will be held immediately after for family.
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