Chih-Yuan Lee

August 3, 1927May 1, 2019

Chih-Yuan Lee, better known as “Mr. Lee” was born in Zhejiang, China on August 3, 1927 to Mr. Wu Lee and Mrs. Peng. He grew up with two sisters and a younger brother in China before fleeing communism and joining the Nationalist Navy. Mr. Lee served in the Navy for greater than 10 years and was baptized during that time.

After leaving the Navy, he married the love of his life, Fu-Yung Ko. They gave birth to two children in Taiwan and had three more after moving to New York. Mr. Lee moved the family to Temple, TX in 1979 to start a new restaurant, Temple House of Lee. The family and restaurant served the community for over 33 years, providing exceptional food, hosting bible studies, and was even peoples’ “second home”.

Not only a dedicated and successful business man, Mr. Lee was heavily involved politically and will be missed for his love for worship music, kindness, and sense of humor. He passed away peacefully May 1, 2019 at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, TX. As we honor and remember his life, may we be reminded of his mottos: “extra blessings, extra wealth” and “happy, happy, ha-ha-ha”. Today, we celebrate his long life, well lived, and union with Jesus Christ in Heaven.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, May 4, 2019


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Dick and Mickey Sweeden

May 14, 2019

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Lee. He was a wonderful and kind man, and we always enjoyed visiting with him and with Mrs. Lee in the restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Mickey and Dick Sweeden

Katy Henry

May 9, 2019

My parents took my sister and me to House of Lee quite often when we were children & I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Lee very much. I loved seeing all the photos of him and Mrs. Lee with famous & important people yet they were always humble, generous & kind. Due to illness we haven't been out to the restaurant in many years but we will always cherish our memories of a man
as wonderful as Mr. Lee was.
Rest in peace, sir.

matthew smedley

May 6, 2019

My wife and I started going to the restaurant in 1979 when it opened. We ate inside several times, but we often called in our order, then sat in the little chairs at the door as we waited for our food. Mr. and Mrs. Lee were always there, greeting customers, working the front, and happy. I was impressed by the photos of them on the wall with various political figures and other famous people. They were obviously grateful to be a part of the U.S. and the local community. We were sad to hear when the restaurant closed. It ended a memorable chapter in Temple's history. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family along with our thanks for all of the fond memories. We will never forget Mr. Lee dressed in his suits. It seemed like Mr. Lee was always there. Now he is home.

Anikka Furnace

May 6, 2019

My parents took me to eat at House of Lee for years. I have many fond memories of him and Mrs. Lee giving me little Chinese parasols, meant for drinks, every time I would come in. Very wonderful, caring man. Rest in peace.

Devin Bruner

May 6, 2019

Mr. Lee was such a staple of this community. He was so kind to me as a child giving me umbrellas, fans, and fortune cookies. I will absolutely never forget him or House if Lee and I’ll forever miss them both.

Keela Ivey Bierds

May 5, 2019

I loved going to House of Lee! Mr. Lee was always there to greet you and tell you happy, happy. He loved his customers and it showed. Best wonton soup, chicken fried rice, and welcoming atmosphere. Prayers to his family and hope they find peace in knowing he was so loved.

AnnMarie Harvey

May 4, 2019

I was 22 when I worked for Mr Lee. He was such a kind and sweet man I will miss him. Always in my heart love you Mr. Lee.

Ann Guillaud

May 4, 2019

We loved House of Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Lee. He would always come to your table and make you feel like you were a guest in his home. He always had a little something for the children.
Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Crystal Far

May 4, 2019

We went to house of Lee for years. Mr. Lee, his wife and kids became good firends with my folks. He will be truly missed. God speed.

Jacqueline (Goodman) McHugh

May 4, 2019

I worked for Mr. and Mrs. Lee. When they found out I was a single mom they always made sure I had food for my kids. They always paid me what they said they would, they were always honest and honorable. I still have one of the 50 cent pieces Mr. Lee would give to people on their birthday. I think about Mr Lee and his wife and family only with fond memories and warm feelings. Thank you Mr. Lee for being in this world and God Bless you as you are greeted in heaven by Jesus Christ whom you had faith in to deliver you when it was your time. Prayers and Comfort for family and loved ones. My family thanks you for your kindness, generosity and your concern every time we had the good fortune to see you.