Surviving are his wife, Lila and three children, Bruce (Melanie) Vick of Belleville, IL, Steve (Mary) Vick of Alhambra, IL and Lea (Brad) Lanfranco of Castaic, CA, and six grandchildren: Adam Vick, Jessica (Michael) Meyers, Stephanie Vick, Jennifer (Preston) Royer, Randy Shinn, Bailey Lanfranco and three great grandchildren.
Lee proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War in 1950-51 and worked for Union Electric (Ameren) for forty years. In addition to traveling the world together, Lee and Lila were members of the American Volkssport Association and trekked in all 50 states.
Lee was recognized by the Illinois Archaeological Society with the Leonard W. Blake Distinguished Amateur Archaeologist Award and served as a volunteer tour guide at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site for 20 years. He served as vice president of the Cahokia Archaeological Society and on the board of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA). He was awarded the Cahokia Mound Builder Award presented by Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Cahokia Mounds Museum Society. He enjoyed volunteering his time and being a member of several organizations, including the Powell Archaeological Research Center (PARC), and Docent Council of Metropolitan St. Louis.
A kind, humorous and gentle man of great strength and character, Lee will be dearly missed by friends, family and all whose lives he touched.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, Powell Archaeological Research Center or St. Henry’s Catholic Church.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Procession will leave at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home for a 10:30 Mass of Christian Burial at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev Kenneth York officiating.
Interment with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Lee will be greatly missed at Cahokia Mounds. In addition to volunteering there with him, he trained me when I first arrived. I remember the first words he said were “People train many ways around here, but let ME train you the RIGHT way” and he smiled. And he did; I love it and have been volunteering now since 1999. You’ll be missed Lee.
Hazel Allen, Troy, IL, 62294