SPARLAND - Leland "Lee" O. Sorbel, 70, of Sparland passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Edelstein Congregation Church in Edelstein. Ernie Russell will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.
Lee was born on Dec. 16, 1942, in Tracy, Minn. His parents were Orie and Mildred (Rykhus) Sorbel. He married Phyllis Brehmer on Aug. 30, 1964, at the Princeville United Methodist Church in Princeville.
Lee graduated from Sangamon State University in Springfield with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for more than 38 years in Purchasing, before retiring in 2002.
He was an avid collector of full-size and miniature Caterpillar machinery and toy models. He was a member and president of the Peoria Chapter of ACMOC (Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owner's Club) and past president of the international chapter.
Lee enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the NRA. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He became the family's genealogist, doing research about his family.
Surviving is his wife, Phyllis; two sons, Jeff (Kym) Sorbel of Wilmington, N.C., and Joel (Lisa) Sorbel of Princeville; five grandchildren, Ethan, Laura, Sydney, Grace and Jake; one brother, Dennis (Evelyn) Sorbel Sr. of Maple Park; and several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, to include, Brigitte (Bob) Belau and their children, Rachel and Katherine of Brookings, S.D.
Memorials may be made to the
Lee's online memorial website may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.