September 2, 1925February 7, 2013

Lee H. Shinn, age 87 of Sun City West, Arizona, passed away on February 7, 2013. Mr. Shinn was born in Alliance, Ohio on September 2, 1925 a son of Emmer H. Shinn and Marnie Millward Shinn. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1943, and then served in the Eighth Air Force in World War II, flying 28 missions as a B-24 bomber tail gunner. He graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. He was employed for over 37 years at Packard Electric Division of General Motors located in Warren, Ohio.

After retirement he moved to Sun City, Arizona in 1981. He was a member of the General Motors Retirees Club of Arizona, The Engineers Club of the Sun Cities area, and the West Valley Genealogy Society. He was preceded in death by his wife La Verne and his sister Jeanette (Humphreys) Farry.

Mr. Shinn is survived by step-daughters Lanita Reitsma of Phoenix, Arizona and Diedre (John) Forsythe of British Columbia, Canada and a brother Kenneth Shinn of Monroe, Ohio, grandsons Michael (Jolyn) and Timothy Reitsma of Phoenix; great grand-daughter, Natalie; cousin, Eilien Kutinsky; niece, Betsy McNamera and nephews, Randall Shinn, Alan Humphreys and Lee Humphreys.

Cremation has been chosen and a private graveside service for the family will be held at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, Arizona.



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Dan and Kathy Brobst

February 16, 2013

Dear Family of Lee Shinn,
We were sad to learn that Mr. Shinn had passed away. Like him Dan also retired from Packard Electric. Dan's aunt, Mighnon Brobst, also retired from Packard. It is through her that we knew him. He was so thoughtful to her when she was in the nursing home. Her primary problem was dementia, so we don't know if she remembered him or not even thought we showed her a picture of him that he had sent us. He also made a donation to the Packard Museum in her memory. He appreciated all you did for him. We know he felt close to each of you.
With Sincere Sympathy,

Alan Humphreys

February 14, 2013

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

February 14, 2013

What a wonderful, caring man Lee was! He was also my dad's next door neighbor and best friend during childhood. He kept in touch with my mom after my dad's passing, by writing letters and sharing his early photos of growing up in Alliance. He will be truly missed.
Carol (Bingham) Bookout Clio, MI

John Meade

February 12, 2013

May God bless you all at this most difficult time.

Lee was a sincere gentleman and great mentor.