Leland Foecking
Leland Foecking
GALENA, Ill.--Leland "Lee" R. Foecking, 69, of Galena, Illinois, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 1, 2014, surrounded by his family after his long battle with lung cancer. He fought it to the very end with courage and dignity.

Lee was born on December 20, 1944, the son of Edwin and Jeanne (Moschel) Foecking in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 19, 1966, he was united in marriage to Kay Fuerstenberg in Canoga Park, California.

He attended Galena High School and served four years in the United States Navy onboard the USS Okinawa during the Vietnam War. He retired from John Deere in 2001 after 32 years. He had a great love for the outdoors and spent many years hunting on the family farm. Like his father, he created beautiful creations out of any piece of wood. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a member of the church choir. He was also a member of the Eagles Club. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lee is survived by his wife, Kay; a son, Terry Foecking of Clinton, Iowa; a daughter, Jill (Scott) Schulte of Darlington, Wisconsin; two grandsons, Kurtis Schulte of Madison, Wisconsin and Kyle Schulte of Darlington; a granddaughter, Cassandra Swift of Apple River, Illinois; a great-grandson, Aiden Leifker; and one brother, Jim (Deb) Foecking of Darlington.

He leaves behind many nieces and nephews; a very special niece, Susan (Wayne) Young of Galena; and a very special cousin, Donna (Ken) Munch of Duluth, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Birkbeck; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Birkbeck.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Galena, with the Rev. David Reese officiating. Burial with military honors by the Galena VFW Post 2665 and American Legion Post 193 will be at the Pilot Knob Cemetery in rural Galena.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, August 4 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena, where the parish rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m.

A Leland "Lee" R. Foecking Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, also to Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care they have provided to Lee and his family during his battle with cancer.

Online condolences may be left for the family at furlongfuneralchapel.com.