Leland C. "Lee" Lemens

June 10, 1930 - March 11, 2023


Obituary For Leland C. "Lee" Lemens

Leland C. “Lee” Lemens, age 92, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at All Saints Assisted Living in Madison, WI. Lee was a kind, caring, understanding and God fearing man who would help anyone that asked. He set an example to all of us to prioritize giving, helping, honesty, and being involved at work and volunteering.

Born June 10, 1930 in Red River, Wisconsin, Lee was the son of Alvin and Evelyn (Hurley) Lemens. Lee graduated from Algoma High School in 1947. From 1947 to 1949 he worked at several jobs until he joined the US Army in April of 1949 until 1952.

On July 31, 1954 he was united in marriage to Celia Wendricks in Namur, Wis. In their 48 years of marriage, they raised 7 children. They enjoyed dancing and visiting family and friends. Celia passed away in May of 2002.

Lee married Marilyn Franke on October 11, 2003 in Madison Wisconsin. Lee and Marilyn enjoyed their family and traveling until Marilyn passed away in January of 2017

His military service included being stationed in Oahu, Hawaii during the Korean War from Nov. 1950 to Oct. 1952. Lee left the US army in 1952 and returned to service in the US Army Reserves in 1956. He served in a number of Reserve Units, the last being the 410th Signal Company in Stevens Point, WI and then Junction City, WI. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He wore many different hats during his long service, performing electronic maintenance and repair, mess officer, motor pool officer and electronic security. He received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Metal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Excellence in Rifle Competition Medal, Sharpshooter with Pistols Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from the US Army reserves in 1990. In 2016 Lee was able to participate in the Badger Honor Flight to Washington DC. He was so proud of his service in the US Army.

Lee worked at Peterson Builders Shipyards from Oct 1952 to July, 1955 installing electrical cables in minesweepers. In July of 1955 he started his Electrical Apprenticeship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked for the UW for 36 ½ years, retiring in January, 1992. He taught part time in the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program at Madison Area Technical College from 1967 until 2000.

He was also an active member of the IBEW for 65 years. He served as Financial Secretary and volunteered for numerous boards and committees. He was the founder of the Local Union 159 Retirees Club organizing a number of community projects. Under Lee’s direction and request, a number of retirees helped wire the Ronald McDonald House, many Vilas Zoo fundraisers such as the Haunted House and their summer night at the zoo. He also organized the retirees each year to count the donations from the annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park, including the 2022-2023 display. He served on the Labor Temple Board and was instrumental in helping the Labor Temple become financially solvent.

He also served as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 102 at St Maria Goretti church for 12 years and coordinated the troop’s paper recycling drive for 10 years.

Lee was involved with many organizations including: Holiday Fantasy in Lights, Ronald McDonald House, Fishing Has No Boundaries, Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus Council 7527, American Legion Post 501 and Church.

He survived Stomach Cancer, Oral Cancer and had 12 heart stents.

Lee is survived by six children, Wayne (Maureen) Lemens of Rochester MN, Paul (Mary Lou) Lemens of Sarona, Susan Lemens of Madison, Teresa (Matthew) Stanek of Hillsboro, Thomas (Amy) Lemens of Madison, James (Katrina) Lemens of Monona; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, his brother Myron (Sharon) Lemens, his sister Patricia Fagg, Doryce Lemens (sister-in-law), his sister Lynn (Kevin) Challe and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by Evelyn Krueger (mother), Alvin Lemens (father), Celia Lemens (wife), Marilyn Franke-Lemens (wife), Alvin Lemens (son), Robin Brewer (daughter-in-law), Anthony Lemens (grandson), Carlton Lemens (brother), Lyle Lemens (brother), Orville Lemens (brother), Wayne Lemens (brother), Morris Fagg (brother-in-law) and Howard Krueger (step-father).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023 at St. Thomas Aquinas

Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Drive, with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Road, with a rosary service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday at the church. Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to your favorite charity or one of the charities below.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

IBEW/NECA 4903 Commerce Court McFarland, WI 53558

Fishing Has No Boundaries – Madison Chapter 1618 Mayfield Lane Madison, WI 53704

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison 2716 Marshall Court Madison, WI 53705


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  • March 17, 2023

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Terry and Kathy Rieck

  • March 17, 2023

    Lee was an inspiration in so many ways - sending prayers and condolences to the Lemens family - may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of a great man as you celebrate a life very well lived.

  • March 16, 2023

    I first met Lee in the 410 ad my boss. He became my mentor, good friend of more like family over the years. He was such an inspiration and encouraged my military career so much that retired as a CW5 with over 41 years. I hold you forever in my heart with so many happy memories. God bless ❤️🇺🇸 Dawn Blanchard

  • March 16, 2023

    Our deepest sympathy for the family from the nephews and niece of Marilyn Lemens. David and (Carolyn) Dallmann, Gary and (Cherrie)Dallmann,Cheryl Dallmann Eschenbach and (Leon) Eschenbach.

  • March 16, 2023

    The service from your loved one will never be forgotten from the continued memories by you and your family. Keep them in your heart and always cherish the service they provided for all of us to live comfortably and enjoy our beautiful country. Please accept my sincere condolences on the behalf of the Badger Honor Flight family on the loss of your fallen hero.

  • March 15, 2023

    Sending prayers to the family. You were a great man uncle Lee. Enjoyed bringing mom down and our visits or coffee and a sandwiches. You will be missed. Love you uncle Lee!

  • March 15, 2023

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

  • March 14, 2023

    You will be missed very much, Scott Fagg

  • March 14, 2023

    Our thoughts are with your family.


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