In Memory

Tim Lee

Tim Lee

Timothy David Lee Obituary

Timothy David Lee, 75, of Huntsville, AL passed away at Huntsville Hospital, on November 12, 2018 after a brief illness. He would have been 76 on Nov. 22nd, Thanksgiving Day. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Olene Rassmussen Lee Reilly and Ralph Eugene Lee, and brother, Sheridan Arthur Lee. Survivors include sister, DiAnna Lee of Lewisburg, TN; and loving nieces, nephews, grandniece, and grandnephews; and longtime friend and companion, Dianne Debter.

Tim was born in Grand Island, NE. He moved to Denver, CO and lived there until he was 15. He moved with his family to Springfield, IL, graduated from Springfield High School, and enrolled in the University of IL. Tim later transferred to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he graduated with degrees in mathematics and physics.

In 1966 Tim began his career in Huntsville as a Systems Engineer at IBM. He worked on the Apollo Program, Boosters that took man to the moon, Instrument Unit Program, and the Pointing and Guidance System. Tim also worked on the Apollo Soyuz where Americans joined the Russians in the Space Program. He traveled to Europe and parts of the US to work on Spacelab 2 and the Instrument Pointing System. During the next part of Tim's career, he worked for TRW on the International Space Station team with NASA, and Boeing. Later Tim worked on Solar Energy sites around the United States.

Tim grew up in the Lutheran Church and was baptized at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, IA. He was a Christian, loved his country, his family, and friends. He was intelligent, knowledgeable about many things, kind, caring, and full of fun. Tim loved life, and in his younger days, was a member of the Huntsville Ski Club, and played Industrial League tennis and football. Tim loved nature, identifying trees, gardening, fishing, birdwatching, the weather, astronomy, history, animals, and the beauty of the earth, as well as cooking, music and dancing in younger days, and Sudoku. He was very creative and detailed. Whatever the project, Tim would always persevere to get things right. He was an avid storyteller, with a twinkle in his eye, and loved to outsmart you, or play little pranks for fun.

Tim's family and friends would like to thank Dr. John Fanning and the team of doctors and nurses who took excellent care while at Huntsville Hospital.

Visitation will be on Monday, November 19, from 1:00 to 2:00 at the Chapel of First United Methodist Church, downtown Huntsville. The funeral will follow at 2:00 with Dr. Glenn Connor and Rev. Coy Hallmark officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huntsville First United Methodist Church, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, or a charity of your choice. (


Published in The Huntsville Times on Nov. 16, 2018 />