LEE JAMES FISCHER
January 17, 1942-June 11, 2011
Lee grew up on a pig farm in Plainfield. He attended Naperville High School, when there was only one in that community, and graduated in 1960. His senior yearbook stated that Lee would be a “gentleman farmer,” but that really didn’t happen.
After graduation, Lee built furniture for Kroehler Manufacturing Company in Naperville, delivered ice cream to Cock Robin restaurants in the Northwest suburbs and drove a livestock truck. He was a computer programmer for Volkswagon, Admiral and Snap-On-Tools, back when a computer filled up an entire room.
Lee also drove the ambulance service for Congdon Funeral Home. That occurred before rescue services became part of the Zion Fire Department. Lee purchased Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in 1979.
Lee was on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Home Association, and was an active member of the Cremation Association of North America, Metropolitan Chicago Cemetery Officials and International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association. Lee was semi-retired at the time of his death.
Lee was always a dedicated volunteer. He served as President of the ZBTHS Athletic Booster Club, was on the Board of Directors for the Zion Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Zion Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award. Even in death, Lee volunteered, as an organ donor.
Lee enjoyed boating on the chain of lakes in Eagle River, watching eagles, feeding birds and traveling. His true passion, though, was his family.
Lee married Leanna Congdon in 1963. They lived in the Naperville area until 1965, when they moved to Zion. Leanna passed away in 2003. In 2005, Lee met Cheryl Isom at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton and they married in 2007.
Lee had four children (LeNah Klinger, LeNora Lambert, LeNette Van Haverbeke and Lewis Fischer) plus six grandchildren (Alyssa Lambert, Breanna Klinger, Kendal Livingston, Lindsey Lambert, Jake Lambert, and DeLainey Van Haverbeke).
Lee joined the Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton in September 1997 and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He also served as club President, President-Elect and Vice- President. If his work commitments allowed, he would eagerly volunteer for the club’s many service projects and supported the club’s fundraisers.
Lee was a dedicated fireman for the City of Zion, joining the department in 1965. He received his Firefighter 3 Certification in 1990. He often drove Engine No. 6 in the Jubilee Days Parade.
Lee retired from the department in 2003, after 38 years of service. He was proud of the department, the friends he served with and those who joined the force after he retired.