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There will be a service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln for Edward J.
Leesman, who died last summer at age 87. Father Jim Henning will
officiate, and visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, where military rites will be
conducted by American Legion Post 263.
Mr. Leesman, of Lincoln, formerly of Brooklyn, Wis.,
died Aug. 19, 2009, at VA Illiana Health Care in Danville.
He was co-owner of Prairie Trails Inn
with his brother Robert and farmed in Wisconsin.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945,
during World War II.
He was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Lincoln. His
parents were Benjamin Bernard and Abigail Jane Iles
Leesman. He married Gertrude Reed on Dec. 15, 1958,
in Peoria, and she preceded him in death in January
He is survived by one brother, Richard A. Leesman
of Lincoln; one stepdaughter, Jackie Lyman Vanness
of Peoria and her family; two nephews, Douglas R.
Leesman of Emden and Robert E. Leesman of
Schaumburg; and two nieces, Kathryn R. Webb of Mount
Pulaski and Beverly J. Leesman of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was also preceded in death by one brother,
He was so grateful to his many caregivers,
especially Shirley, Judy and Monica.
He was a lifelong member of Holy Family Catholic
He traveled to England, France and Antwerp,
Belgium, during the war. He was a corporal of his
unit, 267th Port Company, and unloaded supplies and
ammunition off ships in Belgium under enemy fire.
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