Lee Edward Yunkers
December 2, 1942 - January 14, 2017
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Bethany Lutheran Church - Kaukauna
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Bethany Lutheran Church - Kaukauna
124 W. 10th Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Saturday 1/21, 11:00 am
Fargo Funeral Home
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130

Lee Edward Yunkers, better known as Captain LeRoy, made his final voyage on Saturday, January 14 from the comfort of his home. Lee was born in Maywood, Illinois on December 2, 1942 to Virginia (Grupe) and Edward Yunkers; Virginia was remarried to James Dwyer in 1948. He was raised in Park Forest, Illinois. He lost…

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Paul Bellerjeau left a message on June 1, 2017:
Lee and I were roommates’ freshmen year at Illinois College. I’ve lost track of Lee these past years. I am so sorry to hear he passed away. He took me home to Chicago for Thanksgiving that first year. We hitchhiked through Chicago, at night in the freezing cold, a journey I will never forget. I think I learned more from Lee that first year then I did from my courses. He was an amazing human being full of life and love. My condolences to his family, folks I’ve never met, but so fortunate to have spent time with someone who was so special.
Kathy Heller left a message on January 19, 2017:
Mr. Yunkers was my English teacher that was truly not only an amazingly great teacher but an influential person I will never forget. He was funny, made the subject matter extremely interesting-- I loved going to his class. He was smart, knew how to manage his classes and motivated me so much. He instilled the love of writing and reading in me. He did it with his gentle infectious smile and comical sense of humor. It made me want to do my homework with intensity. I love to journal/write myself because of him. He instilled that love he had for his subject in many students--like me! He was an amazing man who touched the lives of many of my classmates as well as we also thought he was the best teacher ever! His blindness never seemed to be a hinderance even when we tried to "come into the room" quietly and not squeek the wooden floor boards. He knew exactly who had come in a few minutes late. He never made a scene of putting any student down but used his sense of humor to prove some point or another from an author ---that it is good to be punctual. He was an awesome man. Thank you for being a great teacher. I know how influencial he was in my life because I became a teacher too! Be at peace, Mr. Yunkers! You're were the best!
Butch & Donna Lom left a message on January 16, 2017:
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of Lee's family and his many, many friends. Lee was such an upbeat optimistic person who had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor. He once rode up in a lift truck bucket and commented on what an awesome sight it was up so high!! He never let his sight blind him of all the good in life. To all the very special people in his life who celebrated birthdays, cookouts, holidays etc with him, who took him shopping, and to doctor appointments, and so much much more, he was lucky to have you in his life and you are all blessed to have had him in yours. God sees all. Rest in eternal peace Lee, and God bless and comfort your family and friends. Amen.
Kim Vanden Langenberg Tauscher left a message on January 16, 2017:
I am an alumni of KHS-Class of 1983 & Mr. Yunkers was my English teacher. He was one of the best. I admired the way he could handle a class, better then most sighted teachers. He will be greatly missed as an educator. My condolences,
Dave Verhagen left a message on January 16, 2017:
Oh dear.... Lee inspired me and so many others. And he made me laugh, too. Not just because he was funny, but because he was outrageous; calling me for advice while on the roof of his house trying to find and replace a burnt-out holiday light bulb. Or any one of dozens of things most mortal men wouldn't ever have the courage to even try.
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Steve Kelly left a message on January 16, 2017:
My heart goes out to Lee's family and all his friends. To me and many others, Lee was a model, a mentor, a coach, a colleague, an inspiration and a dear friend. He had a special "Vision", and managed life's challenges and tribulations with grace and a sense of humor. He will be missed.
Carol Buss left a message on January 16, 2017:
My deepest sympathies in the passing of your dad, grandpa, brother, friend
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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