Dennis Lee


Dennis L. Lee, 70, of Hope, passed away at 5:15 s.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

He was an engineering manager in operation improvements and worked at Cummins for 28 years, fifteen of which were in England. He was instrumental in beginning the Just In Time training, especially set up reduction, in the UK, on which he presented a paper in London that was later published in the book “Just-In-Time Manufacture.” He then followed on with Kaizen, traveling extensively overseas to implement programming at the various Cummins plants. After retirement, Dennis started his own consulting business.

In earlier years, Dennis enjoyed mountaineering, camping and taking motorcycle trips. More recently, he spent time wood-turning, fishing, bird watching and enjoying the outdoors.

He was a member of the Lion’s Club in the U.K.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Norman Funeral Home in Hope. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators through the funeral home.

Born on Sept. 7, 1945, Dennis was the son of George and Edna Hipkiss Lee. He married Janet Dudley on Sept. 28, 1968, and she survives.

Other survivors include children, Caroline Lee Martinez of Columbus and Adrian (Nichole) Lee of Freetown; brother, George (Jackie) Lee of Coventry, England; grandchildren, Kimberlee, Cameron, Lauren, Cristen and Evan.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.