Earl Koger Lee

September 20, 1928July 23, 2018

Earl K. Lee, age 89, passed away on July 23, 2018 at Wellbrooke of Kokomo. Earl was born on September 20, 1928 in New Castle, Indiana to the late Augustus and Orpha (Lowhorn) Lee. Earl was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and served his country honorably for 4 years. Following his enlistment, Earl returned to New Castle and was married to the love of his life, Nila (Dyer) Lee. Nila preceded Earl in passing on December 21, 2002. Earl found work at Chrysler of Kokomo as a toolmaker and worked there for 32 years, retiring in 1987. Earl was a man of several hobbies, which included guitar playing, woodworking, golfing, bowling, and filling out crossword puzzles. He and his family enjoyed taking camping trips to the Smoky Mountains. Earl was a terrific family man, and was always there for them whenever help was needed. Earl is survived by his children, Sheila Cotham, Jane (Don) Morrow, and Daya (Steve Harshman) Lee; daughter-in-law, Gloria Reagan; brother, Bill (Ollie) Lee; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Lee; grandchildren, Larry Reagan Jr., Amy Roberson, Jami Lynn Hamel, Holly Sparks, Earl Ray Dalton, Danell Gedek, Steven White, Kylie Spencer, Beth Longstreet, and Jordan Lee; and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Earl was preceded in death by his sons, Garry Reagan and Larry Reagan; brothers, Bob Lee, Dennis Lee, Lowell Lee, Randall Lee, Jack Lee, and Danny Lee; sister, Marg Southard; grandchildren, Gary Wayne Guffey and Nikki Hensley; and great-great granddaughter, Harper Haskett. There will be a private family service for Earl at a later date at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Earl's family would like to acknowledge the nurses and staff at Wellbrooke of Kokomo for the loving care that they gave to Earl during his final days.


  • Augustus Lee, Father
  • Orpha Lee, Mother
  • Nila Lee, Wife
  • Bill Lee, Brother
  • Bob Lee, Brother
  • Dennis Lee, Brother
  • Lowell Lee, Brother
  • Randall Lee, Brother
  • Jack Lee, Brother
  • Danny Lee, Brother
  • Marg Southard, Sister
  • Betty Jo Lee, Sister-in-law
  • Sheila Cotham, Daughter
  • Jane Morrow, Daughter
  • Daya Lee, Daughter
  • Garry Reagan, Son
  • Larry Reagan, Son
  • Gloria Reagan, Daughter-in-law
  • Larry Reagan Jr., Grandson
  • Earl Ray Dalton, Grandson
  • Steven White, Grandson
  • Jordan Lee, Grandson
  • Amy Roberson, Granddaughter
  • Jami Lynn Hamel, Granddaughter
  • Holly Sparks, Granddaughter
  • Danell Gedek, Granddaughter
  • Kylie Spencer, Granddaughter
  • Beth Longstreet, Granddaughter
  • Gary Wayne Guffey, Grandson
  • Nikki Hensley, Granddaughter
  • Harper Haskett, Great Granddaughter
  • Mr. Lee also leaves several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

Earl Koger Lee

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Brenda Stephens

July 25, 2018

I have many fond memories of traveling to Kokomo when I was a little girl- and listening to Earl, my dad, and Lowell play guitars and sing country music. We made a trip to Kokomo to see Earl recently- and it meant so much to my dad. It warmed my heart to see the two of them together and hear them talk about old times. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Love you! Brenda (Lee) Stephens