Lee W. Zane, Jr.
Lee W. Zane, Jr. was born near Farmington, Iowa on February 8, 1919 and died in Round Rock, Texas on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. He was raised on a farm and attended the U. S. Military Academy at West Point for one year and the University of Iowa
for three years. He began working for the S.S. Kresge Company at a "Five and Dime" store in Quincy, Illinois just before being drafted into the U.S. Army in March, 1941. During his World War II service, at the age of 24, he commanded a 250-man heavy weapons company in the 85th Infantry Division of the U.S. Fifth Army in North Africa and Italy, receiving the Silver Star and two bronze stars
with "V" for valor. His men raised the first American flag in Rome, Italy after it was liberated on June 6, 1944. Upon returning home from World War II, he continued working for Kresge and married Kathryn Daugherty of Fort Madison, Iowa. They had four children and six grandchildren. He had a 41 year career with Kresge, which became Kmart, retiring in 1981. After sixty two years of marriage, Kathryn preceded him in death in 2008. Lee is survived by his children, David (Susan) of Austin, Susan (Michael) Polini of Virginia Beach Virginia, Tom of Gloucester, Massachusetts and Robert (Lu Juana) of Austin, and grandchildren Tim Speer, Matthew Zane Polini, Jessie Kathryn Polini, Kimball Zane, Caleb Zane, and Joseph Hassage. Lee loved people and had a knack for remembering even the smallest details about people he met from all walks of life. He took pleasure in once telling an interviewer that he had lived far into the space age, but began life during a time when he had to feed, water and harness a dozen horses and mules before a day's work in the fields could even begin. The family owes many thanks for the kind and professional care provided to Lee by the doctors, nurses, aides and staff at the Scott and White Health System, Hearthstone Health Center of Round Rock, The Pavilion at Great Hills in Austin, Park Bend Skilled Nursing, Cornerstone Hospital, The Isle at Cedar Ridge and Austin/Encompass Home Health. Many thanks to his friends and neighbors throughout the Austin area for their support. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown. A service celebrating Lee's life and his faith will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:00AM at United Methodist Church, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park, Austin, TX. Honoring their grandpa as pallbearers will be, Caleb Zane, Kimball Zane, Matthew Polini, Jessie Polini, Tim Speer, and Joseph Hassage. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Caring Place, 2000 Railroad Ave., Georgetown, Texas 78626 or the First United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 410 East University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626 Personal words for comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.