Bennie L. Lee

Bennie L. Lee

July 5, 1945 – April 4, 2021

 Survived by wife, Diane Lee; children, Lisa Lee, Traci Whitbeck (Jim); grandchildren: Brittany Gubbles (Dean), William Koons (Amber), August Whitbeck; great-grandchildren, Blaze and Haven; siblings: William “Bill” Lee (Janet), Christy Gray (Jerry), Lydia Lasley (William – “Ickabod”) of Pekin, Illinois, John “Dago” Lee (Melissa) of Green Valley, Illinois .

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Sunday, April 11th from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Bennie Leroy Lee, 75, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Born July 5, 1945 in Pekin, Illinois to Ella Mae (Landrith) and John Edgar Lee.  He married Diana Edwards on September 4, 1966 in Pekin.

Survived by wife, Diane. Also surviving are two daughters: Lisa Lee, Traci Whitbeck (Jim), Lisa Lee, all of Omaha, NE.; three grandchildren: Brittany Gubbles (Dean), William Koons, Jr. (Amber), August Whitbeck; two great-grandchildren, Blaze and Haven; two sisters, Lydia A. Lasley, (William II “Ickabod”), Christy L. Gray (Jerry) both of Pekin, IL; two brothers, John L. “Dago” Lee (Melissa) of Green Valley, Illinois, William E. “Punk” Lee (Janet) of Pekin, IL, several nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bennie enlisted in the United States Army in 1963, retiring in 1985 after 22 years and retired after 25 years with the United States Postal Service in 2010.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

His funeral will be at 1pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Henderson Funeral Home and Crematory in Pekin, IL.  Visitation will be before from 11am to 1pm.  Guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing masks will be required.  Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.




  • James whitbeck Posted April 9, 2021 12:14 pm

    Bennie will be missed tremendously. I love that man like a father. We will always have great memories of fishing, hunting, or fixing up houses. I always had a great time with you even if was just talking on the phone you always showed me love and respect and I just hope you know how much you meant to me . Thank you for being YOU. Love you man!!!

  • Lisa Lee Posted April 9, 2021 4:17 pm

    Dad there are no words to Express the Love I have for you in my heart. You have always been present in my life. I am sorry you had to wait for a Grandson to get a boy. But I am glad he came along to give you a chumming around buddy. Even though you were surrounded by us three females you raised us two girls to stand on our own two feet and be responsible strong women with equally big hearts like yours. Your generosity was great with all on earth. You left a mark on all of us. Having you as a father is worth far more than all the gold and riches in the world. We were lucky to have you. Our hearts ache with your absence. My only comfort is knowing you died on Easter to be with Christ and we made sure to always tell each other we loved each other. There will never be any doubt there. You gave us your all. I love you Dad. Huggs and kisses until we meet again.

  • Shelly E Phillips Posted April 11, 2021 10:52 am

    I worked many years as a carrier with Bennie and I will truly miss him.

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