Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus
June 20, 1926 - Jan. 2, 2008
Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus of Waukesha died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home in Waukesha at age 81.
Governor Dreyfus received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1967 until 1978. He was elected the governor of Wisconsin from 1979 until 1983, and was president of Sentry Insurance from 1983 until 1984. From 1984 until his retirement, he was a national/international speaker.
Governor Dreyfus was a member of Kappa Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Speech Fraternity. He was a Free Mason (33 degree), a longtime member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church and a life member of the American Legion. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1944 to 1946. He served on several boards, such as the Marcus Corp. and Associated Bank Corp.
Governor Dreyfus will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Joyce (nee Unke); children, the Honorable Lee S. (Susan) Dreyfus Jr. of Waukesha and Susan (the Rev. James) Dreyfus-Fosdick of Eagle River; grandchildren, James Jr., Christopher Lee, Jennifer Susan, Kathleen Elizabeth, Lee Sherman III and Clare Bluett; great-grandchildren, James "Jaz," Isabella, Sophie and Luke; as well as his nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Governor Dreyfus was preceded in death by his parents, Woods O. and Clare (nee Bluett) Dreyfus, and two brothers, Woods and Neal Dreyfus.
The public visitation for Governor Dreyfus was held from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus State Office Building, 141 N.W. Barstow St., Waukesha, WI 53186-3789.
The Rose and Salt Ceremony performed by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America was held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus State Office Building. Immediately following was a Masonic memorial service performed by the Waukesha Lodge No. 37, concluding with a brief public prayer vigil service.
A funeral Mass with special intention is scheduled for immediate family and personal friends of Governor Dreyfus today, Jan. 7, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha. For complete service times and details, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com. A private family burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Matthias Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 824, Waukesha, WI 53187, or Three Pillars-Riverside Lodge, 410 N. Main St., Dousman, WI 53118.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.