LeRoy “Lee” Brandsma

LeRoy “Lee” Brandsma, 93, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024. He was born June 10, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Robert and Jessie (Bergsma) Brandsma.

Lee grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he met his wife June. He then attended the University of Illinois, and upon graduation joined the US Navy, where he served onboard the USS New Jersey during the Korean War.

Lee and June eventually settled in Greenville, Illinois, where he worked for Pet Incorporated until his retirement at age 62. Lee and June enjoyed a wonderful retirement in South Carolina, then Arizona.

Lee moved back to the area with his dog Barney, to be closer to his family and friends.

He enjoyed playing golf, watching sports, and enjoyed time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife June, nee Sproul, Brandsma, and nine siblings.

Lee is survived by his children, David Brandsma and Susan Liening; brother-in-law, Donald Sproul; grandchildren, Brandi (Glenn) Ferrer, Jessie (Shane) Self, Kristin (Matt) McGraw, Jon (Carolyn) Liening; great grandchildren, Mazzy, Jagger, Evan, Sam, Claire, Jacob, Eric, and Archie; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private ceremony will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Greenville Country Club, 1391 Illinois 140, Greenville, Illinois, where Lee was a lifelong member, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.

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