Robert Keith Lee
December 2, 1930 – October 31, 2020
Rev. Robert Keith Lee, 89, of Hudson passed away on October 31, 2020 at his residence. Born December 2, 1930 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Robert Alson Lee and Georgia Carol Cooper Lee. Rev. Lee became an ordained minister in 1956, served as a Lutheran missionary in Japan for 20 years, and returned to the US as a pastor in 1976, where he served as pastor for congregations in Florida, Maryland and North Carolina. He retired in 2000 after 44 years serving our Lord faithfully in the ministry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Helen Lee; and brother, Paul Arvid Lee.
Keith is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Joy Blanchard Lee; daughters, Susan Lee Bolick and husband, Mark of Weaverville, NC and Karen Lee Farmer and husband Dwayne of Kingston, TN; sons, Richard Alan Lee of Indian Rocks Beach, FL. and John Robert Lee and wife Judi of Arlington Heights, IL; grandchildren, Sharon Lee, Bryan Lee, Sarah Bolick Rosenzweig, and Sam Bolick; and sister, Linda Lee Edelstein of Austin, TX.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park at 12:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church, 324 2nd Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
Condolences may be sent to the Lee family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.
The Lee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.