Lee Salisbury, 79

Lee Adrian Salisbury, age 79 of Three Rivers, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.  He was born in Mishawaka, IN on April 19, 1929 the 3rd of 12 children born to Lewis and Alice (Colley) Salisbury. 


Lee was a carpenter by trade.  He worked numerous jobs around the country as part of the Carpenter’s Union.  He has resided in Three Rivers the past 2 1/2 years, coming from Traverse City.  Lee enjoyed restoring old furniture, and has assisted many neighbors with their home repairs following his retirement.  He also enjoyed cooking, and was known for his home made pies. 


Lee was married to Sharon DeTour on July 5, 1983 in Bangor, Maine.  She survives, along with 5 children, Samuel L. Salisbury of St. Charles, MO Patti Wilfong of Tulsa, OK; Jennifer Miller of Anza, CA; Karin Jo Richardson of AZ; and Jayne Palmer of  Detroit, MI; 2 step-daughters, Melissa Wilson (Jesse Salisbury) of Three Rivers and Lynn Wilson (Kathy Hueffman) of Nashua, NH; 10 grandchildren, Margaret, Curtis, Sara, Fatima, Zahra, Taylor, Janell, Trevor, Daniel and Jacob and 1 great-great grandchild, Jacob. 10 siblings and their spouses, Joyce Kenny of Elkhart, Mary Lou & Eldon Ferm of Elkhart, Michael & Alice Salisbury of Constantine, Lynn Salisbury of Kalamazoo,

John & Janet Salisbury of White Pigeon, Susan Ferguson of Sturgis,

Nancy McFall of White Pigeon, Tom Salisbury of White Pigeon,

Holly & Jim Hunter of White Pigeon, and Marty & Linda Salisbury of Elkhart;

several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifton Salisbury; a daughter-in-law, Karen Salibury (Shotwell) and a grandson, Ryan Murphy.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers.  Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Nancy Boyd officiating.  Cremation will follow services, and Lee’s ashes will be interred in Traverse City Memorial Gardens at a later date. A gathering for family and friends will follow the service at the East Chicago Ritz in downtown White Pigeon, MI.; located on US 12. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be left at www.efhchapel.com

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  1. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time.

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