Lee Hogendobler

Friday, February 8, 2013

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lee Michael Hogendobler, 27, of Waterloo, Ill., succumbed to the effects of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), passing away peacefully Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Red Bud Regional Care in Red Bud, Ill.

He was born June 6, 1985, in Sikeston, son of Charlotte Ivie and David Hogendobler.

Lee attended Red Bud schools and graduated in 2003 from Red Bud High School. As a senior, he was recognized as "Most Likely to Become a Star" by his fellow classmates. Lee grew up loving sports, and as a well-rounded athlete participated in many organized sports, including track, golf, baseball and basketball.

In track, he was a member of the 4x100 and 4x200 Red Bud High School Relay Team that set school records in those events. The relay team qualified for state his junior and senior years and had a respectable showing in each event. In golf, he was very proud of his two holes in one and enjoyed playing the sport with his friends.

Throughout his life, Lee's main passion was music. He led bands as guitarist and vocalist, performing many songs he composed. The band had quite a large following playing locally and in larger St. Louis-area venues.

Lee enjoyed attending family events, vacations and sporting events. He split his loyalties between the Cardinals and Braves in baseball and was an avid Kentucky basketball fan. Fishing was also a favorite pastime of Lee and he spent many enjoyable hours at it. He was fortunate to have many loving and caring friends that remained, and will forever remain, at his side and in their memory.

After high school Lee attended Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and later Vatterott College in pursuit of becoming an electrician.

Survivors include his parents, Charlotte (Steve) Sluis of Waterloo and David Hogendobler of Kirkwood, Mo.; a half-sister, Ciara Hogendobler of Red Bud; maternal grandmother, Emma Jean Ivie of East Prairie, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Mike and Judy Hogendobler of Villa Ridge, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides.

Lee was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Otis Ivie; and a brother, Sam Hogendobler, whom he adored and dedicated many things personally to his memory.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Jones officiating. Private Inurnment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud.

Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

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