| July/August 1995

RALPH E. LEE, 91, of Fremont, Ohio, died quietly at his residence on February 13, 1995. Ralph was born in Seneca County, Ohio, on November 19, 1903 to Fred G. Lee and Edna (Ludwig) Lee. He married Helen Hempy who passed away in 1926. He then married Lurene Joseph who died in 1980. Ralph is survived by a brother Paul, a sister Ruby, three children, Robert, Thomas, and Pauline, 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

After graduating from high school, Ralph became a railroad steam locomotive machinist for the B&O Railroad, rising to master mechanic. He was superintendent of machinery, for Basic Inc., Bettsville, Ohio for 47 years.

Ralph was an avid steam fan. He attended the very first meeting of the National Threshers Reunion in 1944 and attended the show every year until 1993 when ill health kept him away. My uncle Ralph took me to the steam shows at Wauseon, Ohio, when I was a teenager, shared his great knowledge of steam with me, and gave me advice on the steam projects that I have built.

Ralph will be missed by his family and his fellow steam fans.

Submitted by his nephew, Gerald Lee, 5210 Springton Lane, Spring, Texas 77370.


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