Clarence R. “Babe” Lee

SANDOVAL — Clarence R. “Babe” Lee, 74, of Sandoval, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Saint Louis University Hospital.

He was born October 4, 1944, in Sandoval, son of William Lee and Leona (Campbell) Lee. He married Patricia L. Branson on December 5, 1964, and she survives in Sandoval.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Patricia L. Lee of Sandoval, he is also survived by five children: Richard Lee of Sandoval, Diana Kleiboeker and husband Scott of Centralia, William “Bill” Lee of Salem, Shirley Hernandez of Centralia, and Sharon Lee of Sandoval; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and two on the way; three brothers and two sisters:  Vernon Lee and wife Patsy of Vernon, Lawrence Lee of Junction City, Norman Lee of Sandoval, Hazel Bryant and husband Sam of Junction City, and Barb Cooper and husband Carson of Irvington; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son: Allen Lee, a daughter-in-law: Sharon Lee, a son-in-law: Joseph Hernandez, and a sister: Emma Myers.

“Babe” worked as a welder for 35 plus years. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed racing stock cars, watching NASCAR and baseball games on the TV. He was an avid Atlanta Braves Fan. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service for Clarence “Babe” Lee will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia with Pastor Richard French officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may made to the family and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 6280, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Lee family.

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