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Lee Roy Linville


Lee Roy Linville, 75, of Bellefontaine, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at his residence.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Nov. 22, 1936, to the late Roy Harvey and Juanita Irene Linville.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Stegal Linville of Bellefontaine, whom he married March 30, 1991, in Henry County, Commonwealth of Kentucky. Also surviving are sons, Gregory Scott (Linda) Linville of Pinehurst, N.C., and David Alan (Teresa) Linville of Dublin; a daughter, Bonnie Lynn Linville of Bellefontaine; a sister, Joyce Irene (Gary) Lees of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; grandchildren, Dana (Ryan) Mullins, Michael LeVan III, Alexandra and Michael Marotti, and Taylor and Connor Linville; and three great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1954 and attended Ohio University from 1954 to 1956, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1956. He was an honor graduate during Marine basic training and was promoted to private first class. He served the remainder of his two-year enlistment with the 1st Marine Corps Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif., achieving the rank of corporal. He was assigned to the H.&S. Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, where he was responsible for the delivery of all mail and classified documents within this battalion.

After his service in the Marine Corps, he worked in the construction business with his father in the Roy Linville Excavating Company. Lee and Roy constructed the concrete foundations for the 3,300-seat Dodd Stadium at Bellefontaine High School in 1968. Later on, Lee worked as a private construction contractor, managed the former Logan Par 3 in 1975 on north U.S. Route 68, and worked as a Prudential Insurance salesman and manager from 1978 to 1986. His working career culminated as a City of Bellefontaine Maintenance Department employee from 1990 until his retirement in 2001. Since 2001, he has worked part time on the grounds crew at Tree Links Golf Course in Bellefontaine.

Lee’s civic duty was evidenced by many assignments and service in the community. In 1964, while serving as the president of the Jaycees, the organization worked to raise $8,000 of the $24,000 cost of the Logan County Youth Center and coordinated the annual Ford Motor Company Punt, Pass and Kick Contest.

He served on the Bellefontaine City School Board of Education from 1971 to 1975 with the last two years holding the office of president. Significant contributions of the school board during this period include the detailed planning and coordination as a result of the Ohio Fire Marshal condemning the old high school for safety violations. Because of the age and condition of the old high school and the high cost of repairs, the school board was forced to tear down the non-compliant part of the school.

Very active in Bellefontaine BPOElks Lodge 132, he served as Exalted Ruler in 1975 when the lodge won the state Ritualistic Contest for the first time. All seven local lodge officers won their respective chairs for all-state honors with Lee as the coach. At the time, this was only the fourth time the feat had been accomplished. During his tenure as Exalted Ruler, the Ohio Elks raised $61,000 for the treatment of cerebral palsy and $115,000 for youth activities. Lee served a second term as the Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler in 1991.

Lee enjoyed fishing with his family in Ontario, Canada, golfing with his friends and sons, playing bridge and gin rummy card games, and cheering for “The OSU Buckeyes.” Lee was a founding member of Cherokee Golf Club in 1969. Lee was an original “grill master” who always enjoyed dinners with family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. A graveside service begins at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty, with military honors by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine 43311.

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