Lee Bayliss


SHERWOOD -- Lee H. Bayliss, 76, of Sherwood, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence.

Lee was born August 2, 1937, in Sherwood, Ohio, the son of the late J.V. "Vern" and Ruth R. (Renz) Bayliss. He was a 1955 graduate of Sherwood-Delaware High School. He studied mechanical engineering at General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. Lee was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during peacetime in Germany as an instrument repairman during the construction of the Berlin Wall.

He married Judith "Judy" Speiser on July 22, 1972, in the Olive Branch Church of God, Defiance, and she survives. He retired from the ARO Corporation in Bryan on October 31, 1995, after 40 years serving in multiple positions including service manager. After retirement he enjoyed part time work as a salesman for Minuteman Press in Defiance, Ohio. He was a 50-year member of the Sherwood Lodge 620 F & AM; and 50-year member and 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Valley of Memphis, Tennessee. He was a lifetime member of the Defiance County Fish and Game Association, was a founder and member of Curly's Country Grass for 36 years, playing the mandolin. He also played music as a member of the Bayliss Twins Musical Duo, and the Northeast Indiana Banjo Society. He was also a charter member of the Delaware 4-H'ers 4-H Club and a regular attendee of the Fort Wayne Support Group for Pulmonary Hypertension.

Lee is survived by his wife, Judy of Sherwood; daughters, Julee Kaye Bayliss of Sherwood, and Jessica (Lonnie) Fleetwood of Defiance; grandchildren, Amanda Lin, Sydney Marie and Logan Earl Lee Fleetwood, all of Defiance; his twin brother, Leroy (Ellen) Bayliss of Sherwood; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jeanette Speiser; and one brother-in-law, John Speiser.

Visitation for Lee H. Bayliss will be held from 2-8 p.m. today, June 29, 2014, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. at Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 230 East Elm Street, Sherwood. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 30, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Ned Speiser officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Cemetery, with the Sherwood VFW Post 5665 conducting military honors.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Fort Wayne Support Group or the Caring Voice Coalition Association, 8249 Meadow Bridge Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23116. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com.

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  • Judy, Julee, Jessica~  I just now saw where Lee has passed away,please accept our sincere condolences.  May God comfort you and give you peace.

    Blessings, from Gary and Janet Brinkman

  • To the family of Lee Bayliss:

    Became aware of Lee's passing yesterday.  He was a classmate and friend of mine.  So sorry to hear of his death.

    Please accept my condolences.

    Jo Ann and John Howe