CASSOPOLIS — Daniel “The Governor” Lee, 60, of Cassopolis, died Dec. 20, 2011, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph. He was born April 3, 1951, in Slaughter, Miss., to Earl and Helen (Gray) Lee, Sr. He married Melchora Cana Maturan on Jan. 22, 1996, in Kalamazoo.
He is survived by his wife, Melchora Lee; two daughters, Emily (Jason) Randall and Timmie-Ann Maturan Lee, both of Everett, Wash.; one son, Jomar Joven of Three Rivers; one grandson, Brendon Ryen Randall; mother, Helen Lee of Cassopolis; two sisters, Helen (Eddie) Mose and Shirley Ann, both of Cassopolis; four brothers, Charles (Lucienne) Lee, James (Nora) Lee, Sr., both of Cassopolis, Jimmy (Cindy) Lee of Grand Rapids and David (Rachel) Lee of Cassopolis; three sisters-in-law, Charlene Lee and Bea Lee, both of Cassopolis, and Doris Bell of Louisiana; one brother-in-law, Carl Hargrave of Louisiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Earl Lee, Sr., on March 9, 1996; one sister, Juanita Hargrave on March 2, 2008; and three brothers, Irvin J. “Midget” Lee on Aug. 15, 1993, Earl Lee, Jr. on Oct. 13, 1999 and Israel Bell on Oct. 16, 2002.
Family and friends gathered on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis, and on Wednesday, Dec. 28, and at Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School, Cassopolis. Interment followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis.
The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Timmie-Ann Education Fund, c/o 5/3 Bank, 116 South Broadway Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031.