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Mr. Jack M. Lee

October 20, 1928 ~ August 6, 2018 (age 89)

Mr. Jack Monroe Lee, 89, of Galesburg, Illinois died Monday, August 6, 2018 at 8:35 a.m. in his home surrounded by loved ones.

Jack was born October 20, 1928 in Buda, Illinois to Calvin Jackson “C.J.” and Myrtle (Ward) Lee. He married Rosemarie Baker on September 3, 1949 in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Jack is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rosemarie Lee of Galesburg; three children, Robert (Sharon) Lee, Jacquelyn (Jimmy) Stewart and Jan (Bill) Greer; seven grandchildren, Angela Gonzales, Amanda (Andy) Giles, Marie (Stuart) Schaafsma, Lindsey Benoit, Joshua (Debra) Greer, Joel (Rebecca) Greer and Daniel (Carina) Greer; sixteen great grandchildren, Jackson Gonzales, Drew, Alonzo and Annabelle Giles, Cora Schaafsma, Kylie and Peyton Benoit, Brennen, Caleb and Emily Greer, Mason, Levi and Silas Greer and Eleanor, Abigail and Clara Greer; ten step grandchildren; his sisters, Shirley (Glen) Braden and Marcia (Paul) Duke and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Eddie Ward Lee.

Jack worked for Lucky Boy Bakery, Arwell-Orkin Exterminators and Bullock Garages. He started his own business of Lee Builders, where he worked with his son, Robert, until his retirement. He served as 3rd ward alderman for 10 years for the City of Galesburg. Jack was raised in Kewanee, Illinois and graduated from Wethersfield High School. 

Jack was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He served on the church board, led the teen choir and helped with the youth ministry for over 25 years. Jack was very instrumental in the actual building of the church. He volunteered his time with over 35 mission trips to 18 different countries on 4 different continents as a part of the Nazarene Work and Witness Team. A very special trip included traveling to Trinidad and Tobago where he took his entire family to build a water reservoir for the Caribbean Nazarene College.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm, Thursday August 9, 2018 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1501 Webster Street, Galesburg. Rev. Harold Berrian will officiate. Visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 pm Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to be made to the Nazarene Church Mission Society.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


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