Den was born in Philadelphia, PA to Van Horne Lee and Jeannette Hastings, née Ming on April 13, 1938.
Den graduated from Upper Darby High School where he was a championship wrestler. After high school, Den enrolled in the National Guard where he helped rebuild after the Johnstown flood of 1955. He loved the outdoors, fishing, bowling, cooking (he was known for his Sun City famous fried won ton), ping pong, wood working, but most of all, golf. He was quick witted, loved making others laugh, and a good full moon. Den turned his love of tinkering and fixing things into a career as an auto mechanic, first owning two Sunoco stations and later opening up Lee’s Service Station in Drexel Hill, PA, with his brother, Ton. In 1984, Den met and fell in love with Linda Jones who he married in 1986 and together they enjoyed 35 wonderful, love-filled years. Linda will sorely miss her “Darlin’”
Den is survived by his wife, Linda Lee, née Jones, siblings Vannette Voluntad (Skip), née Lee and Wellington Lee (Marion), children, Dina Lee (John), Vernon Lee, Zachary Lee (Catherine) and Renee Dorsey, née Lee, step children Stephanie Chilingerian (Raffy) née Hardy, Jeff Berry (Connie) grand children Jessica Lee, Justyn Lee-Rogers (Abbie), Hannah Hassell (Anthony), Karleigh Lee-Rogers and Bryce Dorsey, step grand children Lena Katherine Chilingerian, Harry Chilingerian, Scott Berry (Hayley), and Alexandria Lauren Berry, great-grand children Dallis Winser, Gavin Winser, Liam Berry and a host of nieces and nephews. Den was preceded by his older brother, Van Lowell Lee
The Lee family expresses their gratitude for the love and care of the staff at Bloom at Belfair where they made Den feel like family, affectionately calling him Dennis the Menace
The family has asked that each person whose life Den has touched to share the memory of their favorite Den Story.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s research or the charity of your choice.