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Lee Newton

May 27th, 1937 - Jun 11th, 2021

Funeral Ceremony: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation: 12 noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the funeral home

A private family burial will be in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Xenia


   Kenneth Lee Newton, age 84, of Xenia, Illinois, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021, at Clay County Hospital in Flora.

   Funeral services celebrating Lee’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Reverend David McNabb officiating.  A private family burial will be in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Xenia.  Visitation will be held 12 noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the funeral home before the service.  In loving memory of Lee, memorials may be made to Xenia Fire Department or Clay County Hospital Endowment Foundation and will be accepted through the funeral home.

   Lee was born on May 27, 1937, at home, the son of William Thomas “Tommy” and Doris (Cantrell) Newton.  He married Virginia Carol Anderson on February 23, 1958, and she preceded him in death on November 15, 2012.

   Lee was a life-long farmer who loved what he did.  He also enjoyed bird hunting, watching westerns, and college sports.

   Lee is survived by his children: Mark (Jean) Newton, Kay Newton, Darryl (Kris) Newton; grandchildren: Erin (Jen) Newton, Jesse Cygan, Nicole Cygan, Ariana (Marco) Randall-Miranda, Anthony Randall, Levi Newton; great-grandchildren: Avery Newton, Hunter Wallace; siblings: Karen (Jim) Williams and Ardeth (Jim) Freeman; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

   Lee was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers: John Thomas Newton and Don Newton, and a sister: Sharon Newton.



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June 11th

Sorry for your loss

Bill and Robin Atwood

June 11th

So very sorry to hear this. Good man!! Sympathies.

Robins& Sharla Todd

June 11th

Sorry for your loss.

Bill and LaVaughn Maytum

June 11th

We have lost a good man - a long time friend. He has joined his life's partner. Rest in peace, Lee. We loved you both.

Gale & Liz Beard

June 11th

Lee was a good friend and neighbor, will be greatly missed.

Jim & Janice Frost

June 11th

Our sympathy and condolences to the Newton family.

Michael, Denae Morrison & Family

June 12th

We’ve been neighbors with Lee for over 20 years now and we are sorry to learn of his passing. We will keep his Family, Friends and all who knew him in our thoughts.

Jim & Ardeth Freeman

June 12th

Lee, as your youngest sister, I always looked up to you. You had the prettiest blue eyes. You grew up to be a farmer and along with that you loved your Black Angus Cattle. You had three fine children who have grown up into fine adults. I won't go into every life experience which you helped me, but I remember when I had my first car, a Blue Falcon. Jim my high-school sweetheart and I are on our way home from high school. There was a thin layer of ice on the road and I sorta recall we might have been exchanging a kiss. When lo and behold something appeared right in front of us with red brake lights on. When unable to stop that little Falcon car ended up pushing the other car a little bit ahead of us. There was no question who I called first. I called my big brother Lee. He told me not to worry that he would c a l m Mom and Dad down and stay close by in case I really did get in trouble. And as always he did. This is a memory I have of a 16 year olds admiration for her older brother. And I knew all my life if I ever yelled help he would have been there. Fly high dear brother, fly high and say a hello and give mom and dad a hug, my oldest brother Do n and all those that have went before us. But I especially want you to say hello and give our dear s o n Jason a hug and kiss from us. Love you so much Big Brother.

Chris Osborn

June 13th

Condolences sent to all of the Newton family. Lee was such a good man and will be missed by many.

Diane & Charles Weaver

June 13th

Sympathy, prayers, and our love to all our family and friends during the loss of our cousin Lee. He was a very good man and is singing with the angels now.

gale smith

June 13th

Linda Martin

June 13th

Ardeth, I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and yours.

Patrick an Joyce O'Donnell

June 13th

So sorry for you loss he will be mist. Prayers for all.

Karen Williams

June 14th

Mark, Kay, and Darryl so sorry for your loss. Another chapter of your life has closed, but memories will carry you through. Your Dad loved you and his grandchildren dearly.

Debbie King Casell

June 14th

Ardeth, my condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gerald and Virginia Dennis

June 14th

So sorry for your loss, but we know he in such a wonderful place and he not in any pain.

Susan Allison

June 14th

My condolences to Lee’s family. I met Lee while caring for his beautiful wife Carol. We had several good visits at their kitchen table. Rest In Peace Lee 🕊

Nancy Moses Lambert

June 14th

Thinking of you, Kay, and of your brothers and sending a hug. I am so sorry for your loss.

Tammy Akes

June 14th

Ardeth, n family, my heart is with you. Lee was something special. Virginia and Eddie Lamb.... YOU ARE SOMETHING SPECIAL! Without you 2 Lee would of been lost. Hugs to all!

Patrick an Joyce O'Donnell

June 15th

Prayers for all he will be missed..

Jay & Linda

June 15th

So sorry to hear, Lee was a wonderful man.

Class of '77

June 15th

Sammie Wickiser

June 15th

Bridgette Heath

June 15th

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. He truly was one of a kind and will be missed dearly.

Diana Collins

June 15th

Mark, Kay, Darryl, Karen and Ardeth, thinking of all of you.

Dennis Goodman

June 15th

Sorry to hear of Mr. Newtons passing. I used to run into him bird hunting years ago and enjoyed swapping stories with him. My condolences to his family.

Pam Sessions

June 16th

Condolences to Mark, Kay, Darryl and the Newton family. Thoughts and prayers.

Don Williams

June 16th

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Lee Are prayers and thoughts are with you.

Kevin Moore

June 15th

My condolences to all of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss visiting with Lee at Moore's and in later years Knapp's . I appreciated his wisdom , stories , humor , and kindness . Xenia was a better place because of men like him.

Ruth Spicer

June 16th

My Deepest Sympathy!

Virgil E. & Rosalyn Uphold

June 18th

We wish to send our condolences to all the family of Lee Newton. May the God of All Peace be with all of you in your time of trials.

Wanda Eastin

June 25th

So sorry that I did not know about Lee's passing until this evening and thus was not able to attend his services. My sympathy to the family on his behalf.

Darlene McKinney Jayroe

July 15th

(You do not know me, but I am the daughter of Jim and Edna McKinney) I saw Lee the last week of May and we talked about his times with my mother and dad. I planned to go to my HS reunion in August, and said I would see him then. I am so sorry for your loss. Lee and his children meant much to Jim and Edna and they talked about them often. Lee was a good friend to our family and I will miss the visit I wanted to have with him.



Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Ron and Mary Anne Ayers
Randy and Peggy Borcherding
Bill and LaVaughn Maytum
Robin & Sharla Todd
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Lee goodmqn
Diana & Greg Rutland
Galen & Neoma Gill
Larry & Sue Williams
Brenda Rinehart
Bill and Robin Atwood
Diane Johnson & Wayne Eastin
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Tom and Maria "Button" Pemberton
June Payne
Gale & Liz Beard
Mark Dunnigan
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Artdean&Angelia Warren&family
Larry Frost
Michael, Denae Morrison & Family
Gene and Betty Pieplow
Ed & Linda Leak
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Theresa Smith
Les & Stacy Higgason
Jim and Ardeth Freeman
Steve and Donna Smith
Chuck & Nancy Buchanan
Randy and Donna Payne
Gary and Rita Cooper
Pete & Esther Walker
Nancy Lewis
Kent and Melody Rice
Randy & Valerie Vincent
Chris Osborn
All 70's Reunion
Lulu Mae Rascher
Bud & Linda Martin
Jim & Karen Williams
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Jack Wathan
John & Marla Corry
Dana and Janet Franklin
Barbara and Henry Gill
Jerry and Gayla Mayo
gale smith
mabel smith
Mayola, John, Diane & Charles Wintermann
Barb Williams
Joann Stanford
Kevin & Susan Moore
Carla and Stan Stanford.
Tara Race
Susan Allison
Tammy Akes
Sheldon & June Smith
Jay & Linda Newby
Larry and Sue Kramer
Janet (Beard) Britton
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Gary and Pam Sessions
Bridgette Heath
Dan Warren
Randy Beard
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Harvey&Sandra Cash
Elizabeth Hart
Pamela Gish Greenwood
Cindy and Roger Cook
Ruth Spicer
Dolores Bratton
Janis Sefton Hubble
Doug and Becky Krutsinger
Pam Sessions
Bonnie Osborne
Don Williams
Rick and Trudy Stanford
Mike Knapp
Paul and Marla Meyer


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