Frederick (Skip) Thom Lee passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2020, at the age of 75. He was born to George Allen Lee and Burnadette O. (Jensen) Lee on February 24, 1945, in Muskegon, MI. He married the love of his life, Kathleen M. (Keefe) Lee on July 22, 1972. Fred was a fun and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved his family with everything he had. His kids will never need to wonder if he was proud of them… he was very proud and talked about them with everyone he met. Everyone. His wife, children, and grandchildren were undoubtedly the light of his life. He was a giving person and always helped people any way that he could whether they were family, a friend, or a stranger. He had an amazing ability to connect – with his positive energy, endless generosity, humor, and heart-on-his-sleeve authentic presence.
Fred, a retired Patternmaker and Founder of Muskegon County Musclecar Club was also an inventor, Founder of HammerHead IRS Differentials & National Foundryman’s Society Casting of the Year Finalist. He was a NHRA/IHRA/NMCA record holding drag racer and an accomplished racing engine builder and owner of ET Enterprises Speed Shop.
He graduated from Reeths-Puffer high school in 1963, attended Muskegon Community College and Ferris State University. Later in life, he went back to school to continue learning the latest technology in his industry – an example for his children to always continue learning.
Fred is survived by his wife Kathy (Keefe) Lee of forty-eight years, his children and spouses, Jeffrey (Sarah) Lee, Rebekah (Adam) Lee-Beard, Elizabeth (Phillip) Lee-Schullo and John Lee. Grandchildren Henry Lee and Josephine Beard. Brother Randy (Angela) Lee and sister Sandy (Larry) Pawlowski, his beloved mother-in-law Rosemary Keefe and many dear in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. We will greatly miss Fred, Skip, Dad, Papa, Poppy Raisins.
No public memorial will be planned at this time due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. A celebration of life will be scheduled once it is safe to gather together.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Loaves & Fishes and Johnson Cancer Center of Muskegon.
Since Skip’s passing, please send all HammerHead IRS communications to his son Jeff Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org