William "Bill"'s Story
William M. "Bill" Lee, 97, of Mount Vernon, Illinois peacefully left this life with family by his side on January 3, 2018 at 6:43 P.M. at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born June 5, 1920 in Jefferson County, Illinois to Charles & Mabel G. (Maddox) Lee. Bill married Doris Mary (Bernard) Lee on October 14, 1945 in Decatur, Illinois. They were blessed with 70 years of marriage before she preceded him in death.
"Bill" left to cherish his memory his children, Charles Bernard Lee of Houston, Texas, Stephen William Lee of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Carol Ann Saladin and husband, Randy of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Susan Alice Meyer of Wildwood, Missouri; grandchildren, Michael Lee Wheeler of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Lee Ann Kelso and husband, Michael of Benton, Kentucky, Logan William Meyer and wife, Elize of St. Charles, Missouri, and Ryan Wesley Meyer of Saint Louis, Missouri; great-grandson, Nathanel Michael Kelso and wife, Jordan of Murray, Kentucky, nieces, Pattie Causer and husband, Bill of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Sharon Howard and husband, Ronnie of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Barbara Adams and husband, Roger of Gilford, Connecticut; and sister, Anna Bernice Kern of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Alice Lee and Margaret Hamon; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Bernard, Shirley Coleman and William Coleman, and Virginia Bernard.
"Bill" proudly served in the United States Army during World War II with "D" Company, 26th Infantry Regiment, US First Infantry Division often referred to as "The Big Red One". He served overseas for 37 months taking part in 3 invasions in North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy awarding him 3 bronze stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for his entire Unit. He wore 8 bronze battle stars noting participation in 8 major campaigns with his division. He was awarded 3 Bronze Arrowheads, the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation with German Clasp, and Combat Infantryman's Badge 1st Award. His uniform was decorated by the French Quadraguerre, and the Belgium Fourragere. Upon his return to Belgium in 1984 he and others of his unit were presented with the Belgian Medal for the Battle of Mons.
He was also awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 bronze service stars and 1 silver service star, Honorable Service Lapel Button WW II, Driver & Mechanic Badge with Driver "T" Bar, and Expert Badge with Rifle Bar.
"Bill" was appointed Postmaster on March 3, 1961 after serving 16 years as a clerk and carrier in the local postal service office and retired in December of 1977. While a city carrier he was elected president of Branch 850, National Association of Letter Carriers in 1949. He was elected secretary of this same branch and served in this position until 1957. In 1950 at the state level, he was elected to office of president of Egyptian Letter Carriers Association. In 1951, he was elected organizational committeeman from the 23rd district of Illinois. He served in this position until 1954 when he was elected to the executive board of Illinois State Association, National Association for Letter Carriers. He service in this position until 1957. In May 1958, he was elected Vic President of 9th District Illinois Federation of Post Office Clerks, National Federation of Post Office Clerks and served in this position for 3 years. He was a delegate from Local 3390 NFPOC and served on many important committees at National Post Office Clerk Conventions. He served as President of the Illinois Post Master Association from 1968 until 1969.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4, Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1376, Mount Vernon Kiwanis, and Good Samaritan Hospital Board. He was awarded Legion of Honor in the Order of Chevalier in 2006 in Saint Louis and was on the Honor Flight in 2014. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation: 12:00 until 1:30 P.M. January 6, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Funeral Service: 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Reverend Bud Storey officiating. Interment: Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the Cemetery.Memorials: Angels on Assignment and to the American Legion.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.
Published on January 5, 2018