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Eliseo "Lee" Bianchi

Fulton, Illinois


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Lemke Funeral Home Obituary

A wonderful son, husband, father, papa, uncle, and friend in every way, Lee's life on Earth ended after a brief illness on April 7. Lee was born on March 30, 1936, in Grimes, Iowa, to Eliseo and Josephine (Nizzi) Bianchi. He graduated from Des Moines Lincoln High School, and received a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University where he also participated in ROTC and eventually served our country as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. After college he began working for Ringland-Johnson Construction Company in Des Moines. In 1960 he moved to Clinton, Iowa, to work for that same company, where he eventually became a partner. When he retired, Lee had worked for Ringland-Johnson for fifty years, a personal point of pride. In 1962 he married Barbara (Landolt) Bianchi, and over the next 56 years they raised two children and spoiled four grandchildren. Residents of Clinton, Iowa, for 48 years, they lived in the same home at 261 Thorwaldsen, while also enjoying time at their river property in Fulton, Illinois, where they moved in 2010. For the last seventeen years they have also wintered in Mesa, Arizona. Among his favorite community accomplishments, Lee was a longtime member and president of Clinton Kiwanis Club, YMCA Y's Men Club, and Clinton High School Band Boosters. Other accomplishments he is lesser known for in the community, but far better known for among friends and family include master Cribbage player, gifted baby-rocker, amateur actor and baritone, connoisseur of food-leftover-on-plates and wine-remaining-in-glasses, magical uncle who could blow milk out of his tear ducts, original beat boxer, devout dandelion digger, and professional dozer/snorer. Above all he will be remembered as the best husband, dad, and papa on the planet. Lee is preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of almost 56 years. His son and daughter-in-law Tony and Deb have three sons, Joe, Nick, and Brad. His daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Stan have a daughter, Savannah. His brother and sister-in-law Rudy and Pat have three children and ten grandchildren who adore their Uncle LEEEEEEEE! Anyone who knew Lee well will remember him for his kindness, warm smile, and infectious laugh. We thank you for being part of the celebration of his life.

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Barbara, so very very sorry to hear about Lee. Knew he was suffering before you left Mesa. You are so fortunate to have had a wonderful life together and great memories to cherish. It surely won't be the same without Lee this winter in Mesa. Many Blessing sent your way. Dave and Char McHone from IA . ( our first rental we had in Greenfield.)

I will always remember Lee's warm smile and sincere hugs......always a gentleman, always a friend....
I will miss him! Sending you and your family my love and prayers sweet Barb! Love you! Debbie

Our heart goes out to you Barbara and family. We were so fortunate to have called him friend while wintering in Greenfield. You will be in our prayers. Loretta and Barry Whitta

We are so sorry for not being able to attend. We are there in spirit and are thinking of you. We have wonderful memories of Zio Lee. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

You are in our prayers.

Lee was a great friend and neighbor while we lived across from him on Thorwaldsen in Clinton. Ron and I enjoyed his friendship and are happy that we got to see him in Mesa this year. We will miss his smile and conversations. We want to express our sympathy to our friend Barb and the family.

Barb, Missy, and Tony,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your husband and father. Lee was one of my first "adult" friends along with Barb when I began teaching at CHS. I enjoyed the friendship, hospitality, and great relationship that was a result of their involvement with the River King band! The wonderful smile in his photograph brought back a lot of great memories. Please accept my condolences and know that you all have been in my thoughts and prayers during this...

Thinking of you Barb!

I would like to send my sincere condolences to Joe, Nick and Brad on the loss of their Grandfather.
Jane Kane
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