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LeRoy W. "Lee" Sackman

Sackman, LeRoy "Lee" W. Peacefully died the morning of July 10, just five days after his 90th birthday. Lee was born in 1923 in Waukegan, IL. He lived there almost his entire life. He left briefly to attend University of Illinois and to enter the army but was called home to run his family's business (Sackman Lumber and Coal Company on Belvidere Street) when his dad, Leo, died suddenly. Carol Jean Butler became his wife on February 5, 1955. They had three children, Gary (Joyce), Lori and Jean (Rob); and seven grandsons, Nick, Dan, Jake, Casey, Eric, Brian and Tom. When a fire in 1964 burned down the back shed at the lumber yard, Lee studied to become a stock broker. He remained successful in that work for over 40 years, ushering his son into the business about 30 years ago and his grandson just a few years ago. Sports were Lee's passion and he pursued them with abandon. If he strapped on downhill skis when his family vacationed at Powderhorn, Michigan, he'd hit the slopes and never slow down until his skis hit the lodge. A super-senior, lifetime member of Glen Flora Country Club and past Club President, he played golf three to five times a week for as long as he was able, cherishing the many lifetime friendships he made along the way. He graduated from Waukegan Township High School as Most Valuable Senior Athlete and was invited to try out for the Cubs as a knuckle-ball pitcher. He continued to pursue his passion while coaching his son's Peanut League, Little League, Pony League, etc. teams. He was an ever-zealous spectator at all of his children's various sporting endeavors and always had the TV tuned to the Cubs (or Sox, if the Cubs weren't on), or the Bears, or the Bulls or the Hawks. He never turned down a chance to toss the baseball around or shoot hoops or play a couple holes before dark. As he aged Lee kept up a dally, four-mile walk regime. He also enjoyed slow Sunday drives through old Waukegan memories. Lee and Carol had been married nearly 58 years when Carol died earlier this year. They had a wonderful group of lifelong friends who traveled together, enjoyed outdoor activities of all kinds, and played Bridge regularly. It is a group that is still close today, over fifty years later. Lee experienced life on his terms. He was not shy, he wasn't afraid, he wasn't soft. He lived with gusto and with a surety that "everything was going to be okay." He instilled that belief in his family. It is a gift that will always be held dear. In recent years he and Carol had been in the loving care of the kind folks at Westmoreland Nursing Center, where Lee greeted everyone with a smile and a firm handshake that defied his frailty. His firm faith in the Lord has let him pass on to be reunited with his wife and family who have gone before him. We will miss him terribly, but we know, everything will be okay! Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Village Church of Gurnee, 1319 N. Hunt Club Rd, Gurnee. lnterment will be at Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago. Friends may call at: PETERSON & PATCH FUNERAL HOME, 408 N. Sheridan Rd, Waukegan from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, July 15, 2013 and at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. to time of service.
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Peterson & Patch Funeral Home
408 North Sheridan Road Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 623-0495

Published in News Sun from July 12 to July 18, 2013
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