Peaceful 09

Lee Andrew Anthony

September 5, 1926 ~ December 19, 2021 (age 95)


FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - Lee Andrew Anthony, 95, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at his residence. Formerly of Niles, Ohio he had been a resident of Fort Myers for the past 34 years. He was born in Petrolia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1926 the son of Glenn A. and Reatha M. (Hilty) Anthony.

Mr. Anthony was a WWII Veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1944 - 1946. He was stationed in Japan and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan.

Lee married the love of his life that he affectionately called "Love," Ruth Irene McCormick on January 3, 1945. When he came home from the war, he and Ruth settled in Ohio, where they began their family. His love of cars started at the age of 9 when he first drove a Ford Model T before purchasing a 1941 Chevrolet Convertible when he was 15 years old. In 1947, he and his father opened and operated Anthony Auto Sales located in Niles, Ohio. When time were slow for the car business, they would sell Christmas trees on the lot with lights aglow. He loved the Lord and served as a Deacon at the Niles First Christian Church for many years.

After his family had grown and married, he and Ruth retired and moved to Fort Myers, Florida where they resided in a retirement community, garnering many friends, playing shuffleboard, hand and foot and an occasional game of poker with his buddies. He also enjoyed his collection of model cars. Lee took countless rides on his golf cart and spoke to everyone in the park, he never knew a stranger. Every evening before he went to sleep, he would have his coffee pot ready to go for the morning and he would eat his powdered sugar donuts. A simple life was lived by Lee and Ruth and it proved to serve them well. They are both dearly missed.

He is survived by four children, Sandra (John) Haldie of Bonita Springs, Florida, George (Cindy) Anthony of Orlando, Florida, Kathy Eddy of Youngstown, Ruth (Basil) Polivka of Charlotte, North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 14 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Ruth Irene Anthony who died on February 14, 2016; brother, Ralph Anthony and two sisters, Ida Loudin, Vivian Markle.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday December 22, 2021 at the Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home in Bonita Springs, Florida. Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery in Warren, Ohio.

Local arrangements are by the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles, Ohio.

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