LeRoy Arlington Waite, Jr., age 89, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020. He was born in Wharton, NJ, son of LeRoy Sr. and Eva (Hartman) Waite. In New Jersey he served in the Marine Reserves from 1951-1958. He worked his way through college as a salesman, drivers-training instructor, soda jerk, janitor, maître d, worker in steel factory and taught special-needs students among many other jobs.
As an Osteopathic Physician, he moved his family to Michigan in 1963. Lee owned his family practice in Durand for 56 years, while also working 20 years as an ER doctor. He was an FAA Medical Examiner for over 40 years. Lee was licensed as a physician in MI, CA, FL and RI. His passions were aviation and caring for his patients. He very much enjoyed imparting and acquiring knowledge.
He is survived by his first wife, Gretchen; children: James, Kathryn, Krista, Jennifer, Eric, Tamara, Peggy, Daniel; 13 grandchildren and friend, Dee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia and second wife, Betty.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time. Online condolences may be shared by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com