90 of Maryland Heights passed away peacefully on Monday, June 1, 2020. Born on February 6, 1930 to George and Lillian Chartrand (‘nee Hohman).
Lee was married to the love of his life for 65 years, Jo Chartrand, who passed away June 7, 2015
He is survived by his children, Jolee Chartrand (Mike), Janee’ Kavanagh (Charlie), Terry Chartrand (Diane), Cindy Austin (David), Francine Muckerman (Mark), Kathryn Ragsdale (Roger). He adored his 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, regaling them with some of his favorite memories, particularly his days as a race car driver with his brother Jack.
His membership with Sports Car Club of America, brought the whole family together and was here that he was introduced to his hero and future man-crush, Paul Newman.
Lee was a self-taught piano player who enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He hammered out boogie-woogie and Ragtime tunes that got everyone singing along and dancing. Every day, Lee had a “to do” card and as a small business owner, antique collector, and unique problem solver, he was a master of all trades. His favorite tool was “finishing adhesive” (aka, duct tape). A prolific story teller, he was best known for his ghost stories around the campfire with his grandkids on his slice of heaven, “The Property” in Potosi, MO.
His love of the outdoors led him and his wife Jo, to find their paradise overlooking Big Creek in Troy, MO where family spent many days splashing in the creek, catching crawdads, fishing and birdwatching.
He served his country in the Korean War with the Airforce as an airplane mechanic. He retired after his 27-year career with McDonnel-Douglas at 55 yrs. old and began his encore career as an antique dealer and ice cream shop owner. Lee proudly served the St. Louis community as a member of the Masons, rising to Worshipful Master in 1984. He treasured his time with his Masonic brothers, and Lee’s kids thank them for their continued support.
Lee’s wishes are to be cremated and interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. The family will have a private ceremony at the cemetery followed by a public Celebration of Life at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your local food bank, or “Feeding America at https://feedingamerica.org