The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 9, 2013

Franklyn “Ty” Lee


HOOPESTON — Franklyn “Ty” Lee, 93, passed away at 5:55 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Country Terrace Independent Living in Hoopeston after an extended illness.

The fourth of seven children, he was born in the East Lynn area on March 2, 1920, the son of Roy and Ruth (Crane) Lee.

He attended East Lynn schools.

Ty married Marjorie Mae Benbow on Jan. 25, 1942, at her parents’ home. They were married for 69 years. Marjorie preceded him in death in August of 2011.

Survivors include two sons, William “Bill” Lee of Tulsa, Okla., and John (Theta) Lee of Wellington; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Williams of Hoopeston and Lois (Dick) Cantwell of Spencer, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Carol Chaney of Watseka and Eleanor Field of Wellington; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother, one sister-in-law and five brothers-in-law.

Mr. Lee farmed in the Wellington area all of his life. He was a member of Hoopeston United Methodist Church. Ty enjoyed raising cattle and attending auctions. He also enjoyed square dancing and was an active member of the Sweet Corners Square Dance club for many years.

Ty served on the Wellington School Board and the board of directors of Wellington State Bank, now known as Community Bank. He also served on the Goodwine Grain Cooperative board and was a life member of Illinois Farm Bureau. Ty received the Honorary State Farmer degree at the Illinois State FFA Convention in 1966.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Houseman officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.

Memorials may be directed to the Wellington Greer Fire Department, Wellington, IL 60973, or Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL 60942. Visit to view Franklin’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home.

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