Lee Iacocca

  • Born: October 15, 1924
  • Died: July 2, 2019
  • Location: Bel Air, California


Lee Iacocca

Iconic leader of Ford and Chrysler

Lee Iacocca was the iconic automaker who helped create Ford models including the Escort and Mustang. Later, he headed Chrysler, helping turn the company from near failure to great success. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for your loss and may God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   November 26, 2019

My best, most loyal friend ever. With all his fabulous life stories, he was just as interested - and amused - by mine. A secure leader with a conscience. The end of an era. I will miss him so.

Posted by A friend   September 02, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family, It was an honor to have known Lido. Thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cheryl Phillips - Northville, MI - acquaintance   August 09, 2019

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his innovation that changed the automotive industry. My first car was the Ford escort , that marked the start of my driving history. I was thankful for his talent. I hope you find comfort and strength in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   August 03, 2019

Thank you for your inventions. You truly helped mankind to move forward. Uplifting prayers to your family. May God comfort and help you.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2019

We express our sympathies to the McFarlane family, many, many friends and colleagues. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together with Mr. Lee Iacocca. We will miss Mr. Iacocca's presence and his many contributions to his community with helping auto industry. May the love and support of family and friends be a source of encouragement to you. Just as our family members remain in our memory, they remain in God's memory as well.

Posted by PL - MD   July 17, 2019

I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the family cherish memories of past events, which brought loving thoughts.

Posted by A friend   July 10, 2019

My condolences go out to the family of Lee. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Lee - TN   July 09, 2019


A legend in the Automible industry , great man

Posted by Michael crismani - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   July 09, 2019


Posted by Alishia - SC   July 07, 2019

Hello very sad about the passing of Lee Iacocca , Have always looked up to him and read most of his books but my fav would be talking straight . My daughter loves the book too . Lee did so much in the world do and will always look up to him . Thank you Lee Iacocca

Posted by Terry Hilton - London Ontario   July 07, 2019

Our sincere sympathies to the family. Thank you for the great leadership and job with Chrysler.

We had a dealership starting with my dad 1949 until 2008.

Posted by Norman Comeau - Stanstead, QC   July 06, 2019


An icon who was so ahead of your time. Rest in Peace

Posted by - TX   July 06, 2019

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories can help us cope.
May your grieving hearts find comfort
in the words Jesus spoke at John 6:44.

Posted by Darlene - AL   July 06, 2019

Midway Manor.

Posted by David Emrich - Hanover, PA - neighbor   July 05, 2019

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Please find comfort in God's word.

Posted by A friend   July 05, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Iacocca family. He was a visionary industrialist who led unbelievable contributions to the auto industry for Ford and Chrysler. Ford brought back his Mustangs which continue to be a huge seller. RIP and God Bless Mr. Iacocca.

Posted by Steve Ashley - Winston-Salem, NC   July 05, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family. We appreciate all his creative works.
We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult time.

Posted by Martinez Family    July 05, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   July 05, 2019

My condolences to the family of Lee Iacocca an American icon. Rest in peace.

Posted by Sharline Brown - Bradenton, FL   July 04, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Wayne Carlson - Bridgeport, CT   July 04, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the Iacocca family. One of his great accomplishments, saving Chrysler, enabled my late mother to have a decent retirement after my father died in 1981. God bless your family.
-Neil M.

Posted by A friend   July 04, 2019

Sorry to hear also that Lee suffered from Parkinson's disease. I BELIEVE that Lee save the US automotive industry in addition to being a great man
My condolences to Lee's family and friends

Posted by Joseph Becker - Bloomsbury, NJ - acquaintance   July 04, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Iacocca family for the loss of Lee. My only regret is that I never met him.
I have read and reread all three of his books. At this time in our country I find that his statement in "Iacocca An Autobiography" "Maybe the bane of rich kids who inherit their money is they go through life tipping through the tulips, wondering what they would have become without Daddy. Poor people complain that nobody gave them a break, but the rich guy never knows if he's accomplished anything on his own. Nobody ever tells him the truth. They only tell him what he wants to hear." I read and quote that message regularly. I am 78 and he, and John McCain are the two people I would call American Icons.

Posted by Helen Lynn - Bristol, PA   July 04, 2019

Condolences to the family, we have owned Fords(Mustangs) along with Chrysler(Mopar) all because of Mr. Iacocca.


Posted by Chuck G - Windsor, CA   July 04, 2019

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - Ellenwood, GA   July 04, 2019

Deepest condolences to your family. You were a huge giant a man we will remember. You were great beyond your years. Prayers.

Posted by Janie Messina - Greenacres, FL - acquaintance   July 04, 2019

Thank you, Sir for all your iconic work in the US car industry. RIP Lee. See you on the other side.

Posted by Martin Marsola - West Trentob, NJ   July 04, 2019



Posted by Scott - Sarasota, FL   July 04, 2019

I am a 20 year Chrysler retiree now and if it werent for Lee Iacocca I may not of even ever made it so Im very grateful to him. I know there was a lot of people that were upset with them but I have to look at the positive we went from a fortune 500 company to a Fortune 100 company. It was a time of turmoil where they were trying to take us out of the corporation and make us a lower class citizens but he helped to raise us up and for that Im grateful. Thank you Lee Iacocca

Posted by Pat Colpaert - Waterville, OH - coworker   July 04, 2019

Our thoughts are with the family. May our loving Father comfort them at this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 04, 2019

I would like to say I've never meet the man but I worked for dodge for a period of 15 yrs I went to school in Detroit Michigan he was a good man he will be missed he's with are lord and savior

Posted by Michael Palacio - Las vegas, NV - friend   July 04, 2019

Lee, you change the automotive industry forever! My family has thrived off of your innovations, and will do so for years to come. We are forever in your debt!

Posted by Blue Thunder M. T. Francis - Palm Springs, CA - friend   July 04, 2019

RIP you would been a great us president

Posted by Grant and Lynn Elliott - Cedar falls, IA   July 03, 2019


A legend in the auto industry. Godspeed Lee.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   July 03, 2019

I too contributed to the Miss Liberty to honor my parents who were iimmigrants just as
Mr. Iacocca 's parents. Smart man. Admired highly, during a time when people were judged by ethnic and religious background.
He and I shared the same. Still being judged.
RIP Mr Iococca. Our Lord is waiting for you with open arms.
Condolences to the family and all friends.

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019


Dear Iacocca Family Rory and I would luv to extend our condolences's to the Iacocca Family on the loss of Lee.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith tobin - Newton Centre/brighton, MA   July 03, 2019

He had a long Interesting Life ! I enjoyed his Ads. RIP
Lee . Sue Willard Gr.Mich .

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

Thank You Mr. Iacocca for having the inspiration to bring Chrysler back on its feet...
My condolences to the family, Thoughts and Prayers,
May you Rest in Peace..

Posted by Mark New Venture Gear 4Wheel Drive Plant - Syracuse,NY   July 03, 2019


Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

Lee Kelechava and family especially your Mom: Know Lee Iaccoca inspired. He and your entire family personified the American Dream. From immigrant beginnings to your beautiful home in Allentown's Midway Manor to Lehigh University to the pinnacle of America's invented industry of automobiles, Lee Iacocca represented the ideals to which we all aspired. You were blessed by his presence; our nation richer and better by his leadership; may your memories of him endure. And Mr. Iacocca may you rest in blessed peace.

Posted by Michael Solomon - Easton, PA   July 03, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Iacocca family for the loss of Lee. His contributions to the automobile industry, and other organizations certainly benefitted many. Treasure the precious memories shared through the years. May you find comfort and strength from God during this time of deep sorrow.

Posted by J. L. - PA   July 03, 2019

A great innovator and honorable Man who
beleived in America and treasured all it
had to offer and give back. Thank You.

Posted by Dr. Vito Koozamano - MI   July 03, 2019

Sorry to hear the Nation has lost one of the last pioneers.

Posted by Parker Higby - Lancaster, OH - acquaintance   July 03, 2019


A great American Leader in and among Industries ... GOD Be With Lee & Family and eternal Friendships!

Posted by Jack Lancellotta - Warwick, RI - Acquaintance   July 03, 2019

I was twelve when I met Mr. Iacocca, he lived in Texas next door to the Baxter's or was visiting someone. My mom worked for the Baxter's and I was her tag along that day. I had never heard of him before, but my mom was so proud to introduce me to him because they were friends. She went on to explain who he was and what he had done for Americans. My mom drove Ford/Chrysler/Lincoln; I guess because of his influence. Anyway, my encounter with Mr. Iacocca was pretty cool, he was a gentleman and a cool friend at the same time. I was so impressed him that I have never forgot his hug, so warm and fatherly. Thanks, mom! Rest in peace Mr. Iacocca, I will never forget you! And my God bless his family with peace and precious remembrance of only the best times.

Posted by Frances Lumby - Balch Springs, TX - friend   July 03, 2019

Thank you, for inventing the Ford Mustang. My first car. My favorite car of all time. May you have fun driving Angels around in Heaven in one... Is there a speed limit in Heaven? RIP Mr. Iacocca for making dreams come true for the Tang lovers.

Posted by Dawn Tyler - Indianapolis, IN   July 03, 2019

To the Iacocca family sorry for your lost Mr. Iacocca did very well in life.

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

R.I.P. Lee Iacocca! You were a great man, indeed. My condolences to your family and friends. God speed your spirit home.

Posted by Linda Travers Inglima - Anchorage, AK   July 03, 2019

Lee Iacocca was an icon in the business world and his success unrivaled. But one important project was his successful endeavor of restoring Miss Liberty. His fundraising reached all across the nation which responded dramatically; my father was a donor, and I saw his name on the donor list when I visited NY in January 1991. Millions who visit NY from all over the world see this beloved symbol of America, thanks to the love and gratitude of Mr. Iacocca. Eternal rest to you, Sir. You will be missed.

Posted by Judith Holliday - Topeka, KS - acquaintance   July 03, 2019

If Mr. Iacocca had run for President in the 80s he could have won representing either party. Perhaps his leadership would have kept us from where we are now as a country. R.I.P sir. You were a visionary and leader.

Posted by RICHARD VERADT - Kingman, AZ   July 03, 2019

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Tony LaSpina - Phoenix, AZ - acquaintance   July 03, 2019

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