Lee Schuppert

Obituary for Lee Schuppert

May 11, 1939 - June 27, 2020
Crystal Lake, Illinois | Age 81

Loving Dad, Grandpa, Brother & Friend


Lee Schuppert, age 81, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Good Shepherd Hospital from a short yet heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Lee was born in Whitefish Bay, WI on May 11, 1939, the son of Leroy and Margaret (Irwin) Schuppert.

Lee had an unmatched sense of adventure and curiosity, underscored by a level of love and humility that few of us achieve. His adventures started at age seven in 1946, with a cross-country family road trip to Washington D.C. and New York. Just a few years later, Lee travelled on his own with Boy Scout Troop 400 to the National Jamboree in Santa Anna, California. Additional Scout trips took him as far as Valley Forge, PA and even Canada, where he developed his love for fishing.

After graduating from Whitefish Bay High School in 1957, he joined the Air Force. When asked what he did in the Service, he would say, "I trained dogs." In reality, Lee was a founding member and manager of the Lackland Airforce Base aviation club, called "Aero Club," where he secured his pilot licence in 1961.

After leaving the Service in 1962, he was accepted to Purdue University's School of Aviation. Lee was soon flying chartered "DC-6" university flights that landed him all over the US – as well as training other student pilots. Just two years into his studies at Purdue, his high school sweetheart Nancy Olson re-entered his life. On June 26, 1965, he married "the love of his life."

In 1966, Lee was invited to Eastern Airlines training school in Miami. Out of his class of fifteen, he was 1 of 5 that passed all of his tests, officially becoming a commercial pilot, based in Atlanta, GA. Hoping to be closer to the Midwest, and despite very little seniority in 1968, Lee was accepted to be based in Chicago's O'Hare Airport. His career took off and landed him on one of Eastern Airlines largest planes, the "L-1011," serving their most precious South American route.

He was proud to raise his family in Crystal Lake, IL. Lee thrived as a proud member of the community. He served as a committee chair for the City of Crystal Lake, and both YMCA as well as Algonquin Township Chairman in 1973. Later, he served two terms on the McHenry County College Board, as well as an educational board that helped to build South High School.

Lee and Nancy enjoyed their retirement years at home. Lee perfected his flower and vegetable gardens as well as home improvement skills. They enjoyed their annual fishing trips to Canada – as well as a cross-country road and fishing trip to Ketchikan, Alaska. In the 90's, Lee shifted his focus to his grandchildren, Madison and Trevor. His grandchildren viewed him as the greatest story teller. His stories were not just about the big moments but the small moments, too.

Lee's humility shinned as he was determined to take care of Nancy, without complaining, after her stroke in 2013 until she passed in 2019.

Lee is survived by his loving sister Shiela (Schuppert) Wilson, brother-in-law Jim Wilson; beloved sons, Michael (Kristin) Schuppert, Eric (Denise) Schuppert; cherished grandchildren: Trevor and Madison.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

A Private Family Committal Service will be held

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