Arthur (Bud) Mitts Lee

Arthur (Bud) Mitts Lee, of Bellaire, passed away peacefully July 6, 2018 at the Georgia House in Charlevoix, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on April 2, 1935, in Bay City, to the late Arthur Henry and Josephine Mitts, he was raised alongside his sister, Joann (Lee) Voorhies (deceased).
Bud was in the Air Force Reserve, later graduating from Michigan State University in 1957 where he began his professional career with Hartford Insurance in 1958.
On June 25, 1960, he married Janet Louise Johnston of Kalamazoo. In 1964, he joined Associated Agency, and in 1976 purchased the agency, merging later with Security First, growing the new firm as President and CEO to become one of the largest Independent Agencies in Genesee County.
In 1991 Art became President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Michigan, now known as Michigan Association of Insurance Agents. His passion for the industry earned him “Insurance Man of the Year” in Flint, and accolades as one of the “Best in the Business.” He remained active with the board until his retirement in 1997.
A lifetime MSU fan, Bud was a football/basketball season ticketholder and became the President of the MSU Alumni Club in Flint. He also was an avid golfer, with past memberships and tournament wins at Flushing Valley Country Club, Flint Golf Club, and Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Bud and Jan traveled between Michigan and Florida, sharing in their love of golf, the beach and spending time with friends and family.
He is survived by wife Jan; their four children, William (BJ) and Lisa Lee, Mitts and Darsi Lee, Elizabeth and Dr. Steve Knowlton, Janny and Paul Wojdylak; nine grandchildren, Lauren and Joey Lee, Sam and Grace Lee, George and Max Knowlton, along with Alex, Will and Thomas Wojdylak; niece, Melinda Titus (Jim Chadwick); and nephew, Dave Johnson Jr. (Katie Johnson).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hospice of Northwest Michigan or the Alzheimer’s Association (
A Celebration of Bud’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire.


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P.O. Box 313
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: 231-533-5651
Fax: 231-533-4662
Physical Address: 
4470 S. M-88 Hwy.
Bellaire, MI 49615

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