Lee Clinton  Markwell


CASEY, Ill. - Lee Clinton Markwell, age 93, of Casey, IL, passed away at 10:04 a.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Casey Health Care Center, Casey, IL. He was born July 12, 1926, in Martinsville, IL, the son of Cleone H. Markwell and Bessie Rogene Mitchell Markwell. On October 23, 1948, he married Dola Joyce Whitworth in Charleston, IL. She passed away on November 23, 2005.
Surviving are his children, Marca Joyce Shore and husband Dwight of Marshall, IL, and son, Jay Mitchell Markwell and fiancée Sandy Briggs of Casey, IL; sister, Lois Edwards of Scottsdale, AZ; sister-in-law, Eleanor Markwell of Casey, IL; grandchildren, Douglas Shore and wife Heather of Carmel, IN; Heather Lee Shore Shaffner and husband Lance of Marshall, IL; Megan Markwell Scheff and husband Anthony of Katy, TX; Mitchell Lee Markwell of Evansville, IN; Macy Markwell of Nacogdoches, TX, and Brittany Nicholas and husband Ben of Fishers, IN; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah Grace, Rachel and Daniel Shore, Madison Shaffner, Maddie Lee Shaffner Grooms and husband Jordan, Spencer Shaffner and fiancée Raven Vicars, Jacob Shaffner, and Thomas and Dean Scheff; great-great-granddaughter, Ivy Shaffner; many nephews and nieces; his church family; many friends; and his special friend of 13 years, Vera Martin of Lafayette, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleone and Rogene Markwell; wife, Dola Markwell; son, John Lee Markwell; brother, Cleone L. Markwell; and granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Markwell.
Lee was a 1944 graduate of Casey High School, where he excelled in basketball. He attended the University of Illinois on a basketball scholarship; he transferred to Eastern Illinois University before joining the Merchant Marines during WWII. While attending Eastern Illinois University he met the love of his life, Dola, while learning to play bridge.
Lee graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1950. He joined his father and brother, serving the communities of Casey and Westfield in Markwell and Sons Funeral Home and Markwell Chapel, for a funeral service career that spanned over 50 years. He was a proud lifelong member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. Lee and his brother, Cleone Jr., founded and operated Birchwood Nursing Home and Casey Monument Works for many years.
Lee was a dedicated member of the Casey United Methodist Church, Casey VFW, Casey Lions Club, Casey Country Club and Golf Hammock Country Club in Sebring, FL; a 50-year member of Casey Masonic Lodge; and was a honored member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.
In retirement, Lee and Dola enjoyed wintering for many years in Sebring, FL, where they made many new and current lifelong friends. They enjoyed playing golf, bridge, dancing and entertaining family and friends. In his later years Lee enjoyed an occasional "happy hour" on Jay's front porch.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Markwell & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey, IL, with graveside military rites by the Casey VFW and Martinsville American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening, August 23, 2019, at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Casey United Methodist Church, PO Box 365, Casey, IL 62420; or Casey VFW, PO Box 276, Casey, IL 62420.
Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Jackie Weger
Aug 21, 2019
I was so sorry to hear the news about Lee. He was such a kind man. He came into my mom's life Vera and they shared some happy times. We did get to play a few rounds of golf together and he wasn't to shabby. He will be missed by our family.