Lee P. Lemke, age 70 of Grafton, WI passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 21, 2021 surrounded by family.

Lee was born on March 10, 1951, the son of Carl and Vivian Lemke.  He was raised in Saukville, attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School and graduated from Port Washington High School in 1969.

He was employed at Milwaukee Gear Company (now Regal Beloit) for 43 years until his retirement in 2015.  At Milwaukee Gear he met the love of his life, Leigh Anne Sell and they married on July 29, 1995 at Immaculate Conception Church.

At a young age, Lee was always tinkering with mechanical things and working on cars – his passion!  He was always willing to help others out with their car problems.  His most prized possession is his first car, a 1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan which he still has.  He also was noted for his tri-power engine set-ups.

When not working on cars, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with his grandson.

Lee is survived by his wife Leigh Anne, son Andrew C. and grandson Lee Henry of Belgium.  He is further survived by his mother Vivian Lemke of Port Washington, brothers Mark (Judi) Lemke of Grafton and Joel Lemke of Saukville and other dear family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Carl H., sister Jaclyn Alyea and daughter Jennifer Lemke.

Per Lee’s wishes he has been cremated.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington with a memorial service following at 4 PM Tuesday.  Father Karl Acker will officiate.

For those unable to attend, a video link of the service will be available after the service from his obituary at www.poolefh.com.

Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.



  1. Prayers and condolences to Lee’s wife and family. It just doesn’t seem possible that Lee is gone. My husband and I have known Lee since before grade school. Although we didn’t see Lee often, when we did we would talk over old times. Invariably, the conversation would lead to talking about working on their cars.
    He was a good man and will be missed by all.


    Richard and Judy Helm

  2. Lee will be sadly missed and we’ll remembered.
    Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy,
    Dale and Denise Jacoby

  3. Leigh Anne, our sympathies for your loss. I hold very few men in high regard but i sure looked up to and admired Lee. My goodness i cant believe ive lost such a good man. We became friends over the years at Milwaukee Gear and i am proud to have called him brother. We shall both remember him always.
    Steve & Joyce

  4. So sorry to hear this. Lee was always such a good friend and fun person. Rest in peace my friend.

  5. Lee ALWAYS had a bright smile and was VERY friendly. Glad I met him. Will miss him at car shows.

  6. I was sad to hear of Lee’s passing. Lee was a great guy. We spent some time together growing up in Saukville and at Grady Prak. My condolences to his family.

  7. My heart is broken to hear about Lee’s passing- he was such a sweet soul and loved his family deeply
    My deepest sympathies to the Lemke family. Our Lord has Lee in his loving arms

  8. Leigh Anne, my sympathies for your loss. Lee (and you) were wonderful co-workers at Milw Gear. Lee was always so generous and patient to share his knowledge and quick with a smile and laugh. I’ll remember him that way.

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