Video of Lee P. Lemke Memorial Service

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



  1. Sad to hear of Lee’s passing☹️

    I looked forward to seeing Lee and Leigh Anne each year at the Swap Meet in West Bend.
    RIP Lee a Fellow Fordman and Pro Star Member.🙏

    My Deepest condolences to Leigh Anne and Family

    Sincerely, Tom Saelens

  2. rest in peace my friend. You will live on in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. So sad, Lee was such a kind and genuine man. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Sad to hear of Lee’s passing, he was a great person to be around, always had a laff or two and a pocket full of knowlage.I will miss a fellow Ford man.RIP.

  5. Our hearts are broken to hear of Lee’s passing.
    He was a kind, and caring man . Well respected by all who knew him.
    Anyone that ever met or knew Lee knew he was a great friend .
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lemke family, along with our deepest condolences.
    Rest in peace Lee. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.

    Tom and Sandy Maxwell and family.

  6. I was so heartbroken to learn of Lee’s passing. He was always such a kind, patient, caring, and loving man. He watched me grow from a little girl to a married adult with children of my own. I have always held Lee in the highest regard and loved him like a brother and dear friend. Anyone that ever met and knew Lee, knew what a truly special person he was. He will be missed by many. He will always hold a big piece of my heart.
    Our deepest condolences to the entire Lemke family.
    Sincerely, Sandy and Tom Maxwell and family

  7. Leigh Anne, So sorry to hear about Lee’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. 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

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

  10. 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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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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