Farming Rural 17

Lee F. Christlieb

1939 ~ 2022 (age 83)


The Family of:
Lee F. Christlieb
July 6, 1939 – March 2, 2022
Would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, flowers and many wonderful contributions in his name. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
Please join us in a Celebration of Life and gathering at the home of Joni & Matt Blomeke located at:
2692 Co. Rd. 14, Waterloo, IN. 46793 on Saturday, July 16th beginning at 12 noon until ? to commemorate Lee’s wonderful 82 years with us. Please bring your good thoughts, humor, memories and stories to share with everyone.
Your kind support during these past few months has been greatly appreciated.

Lee F. Christlieb, age 82, of Avilla passed on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 surrounded by his family.

He was born in 1939 to Milton and Lucy Marie Christlieb.  He was a 1957 graduate of Garrett High School.

Lee married Janice Marie Freeman on July 26, 1958 in Garrett. She resides in Avilla.  They have been farmers all of their lives and loved to be outside doing whatever needed done.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, attending swap meets and camping.  He enjoyed gathering walnuts each year, cleaning, drying and preserving them for Janice to use in her baked goods that he loved.  A man with a sweet tooth and a heart of gold.  One of Lee’s favorite hobbies was collecting cast iron items restoring them and taking them to swap meets.  Spending time with his family and grandsons was his top priority.  He was a member of the Garrett Eagles and he belonged to the National Rifle Association.

Lee worked at Midwest Foundry in Garrett for five years after graduating from high school.  He then worked for his father’s business, Garrett Plumbing and Heating for a year.  After working with his father, Lee worked for Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for almost 37 years retiring in 2000.  After retirement Lee continued to farm until 2019.

Survivors include: 

His wife of 64 years; Janice Christlieb of Avilla.

Son; Daren Christlieb of Avilla.

Daughter and son-in-law; Joni and Matthew Blomeke of Waterloo.

Four grandchildren; Jeremiah Blomeke, Tyler Blomeke, John Christlieb and Joe Christlieb.

Sister and brother-in-law; Vivian and Max DePew of Florida.

Sister; Fay Holbrook of Otter Lake.

Many loving nieces, nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister; Doris Jones.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Embrey Cemetery on CR 52 West of Garrett with Jerry Weller officiating.  The family will be having a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorial donations may be directed to the DeKalb County 4-H ATV Club and DeKalb County 4-H Shooting Sports, 2692 CR 14, Waterloo, Indiana 46793.

Condolences may be sent to the family at and on our Facebook page at Feller and Clark Funeral Homes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.


Graveside Service
March 8, 2022

1:00 PM
Embry Cemetery, Garrett, IN
CR 52
Garrett, Indiana 46738

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