OBITUARY

Dr. Kirk A Lee

April 12, 1957August 9, 2012

Dr. Kirk A. Lee D.C., 55, of Albion passed away suddenly Thursday August 9, 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was born April 12, 1957 in Flint, Michigan to Roy A. and Donna (Smith) Lee. On September 12, 1981, he was married to Terri Jo Deuscher in Bay City, Michigan and she survives.

He came to Albion in 1981, and opened Albion Chiropractic Sports and Injury Clinic, PC. Since coming to Albion he has been active as a County Commissioner for District 7 for one term which lasted two years; he served 8 years on the Albion Board of Education; and he spent 18 years on the Albion High School Football Coaching Staff. He was a member of Duck Lake Country Club; Albion Chamber of Commerce; and the First United Methodist Church all of Albion. He was a member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association in Davenport, Iowa and Its President from 2002-2004, receiving the honor as Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractors in 2004. He was on the Faculty of Palmer College of Chiropractic; Parker College of Chiropractic, and Foot Levelers, Inc. He was the Michigan Chiropractor of the Year in 1998; the 2010 recipient of the Pioneer Award for continued services to his profession on a state and national level. He was the Chiropractic representative to BC/BS Blue care Network profile committee; and Acting supervisor and Committee Chairman of the Chiropractic Federal Credit Union. His Professional memberships include American Chiropractic Association; ACA Sports and Fitness Council; Palmer Alumni Association; Michigan Association of Chiropractors, serving on the legal affairs, insurance relations and continuing education committees.

Besides his wife Terri Jo of Albion, he is survived by 2 Daughters Elexis Lee (Matthew) Meloy of Tampa, FL; Elyse Christina (Fiancé Thomas Joseph Swope III) Lee of Albion; 1 Grandson Dylan Matthew Meloy; his Mother Donna Lee of Vassar, MI; 1 Sister Kim (Kevin) Hamilton of Vassar, MI; 1 Brother Karl Lee also of Vassar, MI; and many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Father Roy A. Lee.

According to his wishes, Cremation has taken place and their will be a Memorial Service Saturday August 18, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Goodrich Chapel, 201 N. Ingham St. Albion, MI 49224 with Rev’s Jeremy Williams and Terry Bobzien officiating. Family will receive friends at Goodrich Chapel on Saturday August 18, 2012 from 9:00 A.M until Service time.

Assistance with Memorial Contributions to: First United Methodist Church; Michigan Chiropractic Foundation c/o Dr. Kirk A. Lee Student Scholarship Program 416 W. Ionia Street, Lansing, MI 48933 or Albion Community Foundation- Dr. Kirk A. Lee Student Scholarship Program is available at the Funeral Home. www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com

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Karla Johnson

November 22, 2012

As we enjoy Thanksgiving and remember our blessings, my heart goes out to Terry and the girls who are having to deal with all the "firsts" without Kirk. I, too, am missing my mother who died last Christmas and am trying to cope with all the "firsts" without her. I still am in shock that Kirk is no longer here with us and want the family to know that this is a man who will always be in my heart. During this time of thankfulness, I'm sure you know how blessed you were to have this very special man in your life. Those of us who knew him were blessed as well. With gratitude for his life and blessings to all his family.

Ray Van De Walker

November 21, 2012

I was going through papers, cleaning up for the up coming holidays, when I found a letter Dr. Lee sent me about concussions. It just so happened that one of the wrestlers that I deal with has had a concussion just in the last few days. I looked over the material Dr. Lee sent and took notes and am informing the coach and the parents of it. I think that this will be of significant safety for this young man who happens to be top ranked in his sport.
This is an example of the consistent help that Dr. Lee provided. Even after his sad passing he still is affecting young athletes stay healthy and safe.
I truly can say that he was the one D.C. I looked forward to seeing at MAC conventions. He is missed.

Dr. Ray C. Van De Walker D.C.

Dr. Shawn Sebora, DC, CCSP

November 20, 2012

Dr. Lee was one of our instructors for the Sports Physician Program this past year. Not only was he incredibly knowledgable in the subject matter being taught to us that weekend but he passed on many pearls of wisdom to us over a few glasses of wine regarding insurance, general practice and life. The impact he had on me from that seminar weekend will last a lifetime. Like the great late Dr. Fred Barge and others in the chiropractic world, Dr. Lee has done so much for the profession and we are all grateful for having known him. I would like to pass my condolences on to his dear wife, Terry and his two daughters; my prayers are with you in your time of need.

Tom Gilchrist

September 8, 2012

When I was a kid at Vassar Junior High School in the 1970s, Kirk was one of the suave and cool guys on the varsity basketball team. I enjoyed watching him light up the scoreboard, but also admired the classy way he conducted himself. I was always told he has or had some kind of one-game basketball scoring record at VHS, but -- more than that -- I will remember him as a leader. On behalf of the Gilchrist gang (Don, Tom and Tim), we offer our deepest sympathies.

Michelle Gaston

September 1, 2012

He was the best! He has helped me so much with my back problems for years. I only found out today when I made an appt with him and someone else walked in. I had no idea! He always was so happy and sweet, helped me up, helped me with my jacket and always handed me my purse. I will truly miss his kindness. On top of that, my 6yr old daughter who has had many heart surgeries is afraid of doctors. She would go with me often. She was afraid of him also, but soon grew to love him. She loved to go to "mommy's back doctor". She found him comforting. We drove through a thunderstorm(the only one this year) and she was terrified. The power went out for a moment at Dr.Lee's, she was scared. he came in and held her on his lap. She felt safe again. Now when we drive and there is any sign of storms, she asks to see "mommy's back doctor". He was a truly special and kind man.
My deepest thoughts and sympathy for his family.

Deborah Haffner

August 31, 2012

Wow, I can hardly believe what a loss this is to all of us who knew Kirk! I was a year behind him in high school, and just spoke to him over a year ago about heart valve issues since he had had a scare as well as I did. As always, he was so very helpful...I am so sad about his death. My prayers go out to his family as we mourn with them. He will be truly missed. Rev. Deborah Haffner Hubbard

J Brian Addleman,D.c.

August 27, 2012

I just got word of Kirk's passing...he was one of my best friends at Palmer. Before I got married Kirk would take me home to Michigan for Thanksgiving sharing his love of family. Even though years since our graduation have separated us....I still consider him one of the best men I knew. He was always there with an encouraging word and he always had my back...figuratively and litterally. As I have read the praises of Kirk, he leaves a great legacy. Teri, Elexis and Elyse I am so sorry and my heart hurts. On this side of heaven there is sadness and our grief, may we unite in heaven again my friend.

August 27, 2012

Dr. Lee you leave a hole in so many hearts. You were one of the best men I ever knew. I always knew you would make everything better. I will miss you always. God bless your family.

Kathy Gray

August 23, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Lee. I have always looked forward to seeing him at Conferences. He is one who understood the balance between coaching and being a Chiropractor. I will miss our conversations. Dr. Ray Van De Walker D.C.

Jerry and Daphne Stonebraker

August 21, 2012

Daphne and I were devastated to hear of Kirk's sudden passing. He was a remarkable person that will be missed by anyone who ever had the honor of meeting him.