John Leon “Lee” Paton, age 48 of Powell, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He is survived by his children, Christopher and Sarah; mother and father, Pam Paton of Westerville and Dick (Marcy) Paton of Richmond, VA; sister Stacey (Bob) Kienle of Westerville; sister Amanda (Elliott) Byers of Richmond, VA; brother Rick (Ashley) Paton of Columbia, SC; several nephews and a niece, as well as many friends and extended family.
Lee was born May 15, 1969 in Decatur, IL. He graduated in 1987 from Westerville North High School and in 1992 from Miami University of Ohio. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity during his time at Miami and maintained many friendships and affiliations associated with that organization. He worked as a mortgage banker for various companies during his 25 year career.
Celebration of life services will be held July 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. with visitation prior from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville. Condolences and well wishes can be shared on the funeral home website at www.morelandfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the fund set up for his children, Christopher and Sarah, at www.gofundme.com/paton-children-education-fund . Their continued care at the hands of their loving mother, Courtney, is the priority for all of us who loved Lee.
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Greg Weitzel - Mar 21, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear about Lee. I just saw the listing in the Miami Alumni magazine, and was hoping it was another John Paton, and was so sad to find out it was him. His passing was 20 years to the day of when he joined my wife and I for our wedding. Lee was a great friend for the two years we roomed together at Delta Chi. He was very intelligent, had a great sense of humor, had a big heart, and was a lot of fun to hang around with. Although it has been a long time since we last spoke, I’ll always remember his friendship and some great memories – it breaks my heart that he has moved on. You have my deepest sympathies.
Duke Newell - Jul 28, 2017
To The Family of Lee,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Lee. A great guy who loved his family. We had some great times playing 3-ball a few years ago. Rest in peace my friend. May God Bless.
Beth Cook - Jul 24, 2017
Soooo sory to hear about your family’s loss. It is so sad. I know he was such a loved person and will be greatly missed by you Stacey and my heart goes out to you all. I will pray for you all and our family will donate to the agencies whose mission is to help people who are suffering from this awful disease. I pray that a cure is on its way and that those afflicted with alcoholism will accept it and be cured by it. Love you all.
Brenna Kayser - Jul 24, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Lee’s passing. Hard to believe. Sending you my heartfelt condolences.
Sincerely, Brenna (Gallagher) Kayser
Frank Robinette - Jul 22, 2017
Your sorrow is palpable ….Your brother is in no pain any more. You and your family are in God’s loving embrace at this time. He will dry your tears and grant you mercy….sweet mercy.
Jim and Debbie Weaks - Jul 22, 2017
We share in your great loss and hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to your family during this time.
Christine Hamble - Jul 22, 2017
I worked with Lee at AMC when we were teenagers. We were a close group for years. These were some great years and I have so many wonderful memories of Lee from that time. Lee had such a great sense of humor, he was intelligent and good-looking. When I think of Lee, that’s what I see and remember. I also saw him once when Christopher was an infant and you could see the undeniable joy and pride in his eyes as Lee held him. I’m so terribly sorry to see him go so young.