Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake with full Military Rites by the Alta VFW Post #6172. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Lee Francis Launderville was born in Vail, on May 2, 1927 to Vincent and Marie (Rowan) Launderville. Lee was raised in the Vail area and attended St. Anne's Catholic School. As a senior in high school his family moved to Rockwell City, where he graduated from high school on May 23, 1945. After graduation, Lee enlisted in the Army/Air Force where he was a Staff Sergeant in the 1127th Military Police Company/Aviation Division. He was stationed in Japan during his tour of duty and was honorably discharged on June 26, 1947. During his years of service Lee was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal.
Lee married Maxine Madsen at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids, on June 15, 1948. They moved to Storm Lake, where he worked for Hygrade Food Products as the Plant Controller. In 1982, Lee accepted a position as a Senior Financial Analyst at Hygrade's corporate office in Livonia, Mich. where they lived until Lee retired in 1987 and then moved back to Storm Lake.
Lee and Maxine raised six children: Dennis, Dale, Kevin, Gary, Michelle, and Lori. Lee enjoyed attending his children's baseball and basketball games, track meets, speech contests, musicals, plays and helping with projects like Pinewood Derby cars, science fair projects and was instrumental in the athletic booster club of getting the advertising wall in St. Mary's gym started.
Lee remained very active with both Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, holding the offices of Faithful Navigator and Treasurer. He also sang in the church choir and cantered at St. Mary's for many years.
Lee passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Maxine Launderville; his children Dennis (Carleen) of Alta; Fr. Dale Launderville O.S.B. of St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minn.; Kevin (Denise) Launderville of Hudson; Gary (Sandy) Launderville of Alta; Michelle (Roger) Nolan of Southlake, Tex.; Lori Launderville of Tampa, Fla.; 20 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; one sister Joan Reed of Storm Lake; and many nieces and nephews; cousins and in-laws.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Marie Launderville; brothers: Lyle Launderville; Wilfred "Dude" Launderville; and Louis Launderville; sisters: Mary Helen Buckingham; Jean Woehler; and Anita Mummert. Lee will always be remembered as a man of strong faith, a kind and gentle man, a good story teller, and a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.