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Constantino Lehares

Constantino "Dino" Lehares, 92, of Caseyville, IL, born January 30, 1926 in Mattoon, IL, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in the comfort of his home.

Dino graduated from Mattoon High School in January 1944. He was a trumpet player in the high school band and also traveled around Illinois playing big band music on weekends. He enlisted in the US Navy upon graduation and served in WWII as an ETI aboard the USS Walke. Dino was stationed in the South Pacific, was on the Okinawa picket line during the Kamikaze raids. He was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. He returned home and used the GI Bill to attend electronics school in Chicago, IL. He was recalled in the Navy Reserves during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 stationed in Long Beach CA.

Married Barbara Sell in 1947, they made their home in Mattoon, IL, then Decatur, IL, where he began working for the US Army at the Signal Depot before transferring to the Aviation Command Office in St. Louis, MO, in the early 1960's at this time they settled in Caseyville, IL. He taught many reserve units and was able to take his family with him in the summers, traveling to Minnesota, New Jersey and Arizona. Dino retired as a Supervisory Logistic Management Specialist as a civilian for the US Army in 1983. He took full advantage of his retirement years traveling, gardening, which he will fondly be remembered for his tomatoes, working in his shop and loved supporting Kahok basketball, being a season ticket holder since the 1960's and receiving the "Senior Senior Award" in 2010. He was a member of Masonic Lodge in Mattoon, IL, the Tin Can Sailors and the USS Walke Association.

Dino took night classes at CAVC and became proficient in small engine repair and HVAC. He was an avid Facebook user and loved keeping up with family and friends.

His family was his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an all around handy man and loved guiding his family through projects. He was the center of his family and loved when his family was all together. Dino was a wonderful story teller and kept everyone entertained with his stories of growing up. He had a dry sense of humor and always kept everyone laughing. He and his son Bill, went on the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2015, he said it was one of the greatest days of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Panaglotis and Savroula, nee Retsinas, Lehares; his brother, Jimmy Lehares; and his sister, Theoni Lehares.

Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara Lehares; his children, James Lehares of Warsaw, MO, Dena Spagna of Naples, FL, William Lehares of Caseyville, IL, and Victoria Lehares of Collinsville, IL; special son, James Spagna of Collinsville, IL; his grandchildren, Jeffrey (Amber) Spagna of Mt. Pleasant, MI, James Lehares of Warsaw, MO, Christopher Lehares of Warsaw, MO, Kathryn Lehares of Colorado and Nicholas Cline of Casey, IL; his seven great-grandchildren, Ashlin, Jordan and Dylan of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Tyler, Caleb, Allysyn and Madisyn of Colorado. He was also a beloved brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight at gslhonorflight.org or to CHS Golf Scramble for Kahok Boys Basketball, where they provide financial assistance for sports camps, shoes, etc. Donations of the form of checks or cash can be received at the Herr Funeral Home. Condolences to the family can be expressed online at www.herrfuneral.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, IL.

Funeral: Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Herr Funeral Home.

HERR FUNERAL HOME, Collinsville, IL.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 14, 2018
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