LeRoy "Lee" E. Markquart, April 28, 1931 - May 29, 2018

LeRoy "Lee" E. Markquart
LeRoy "Lee" E. Markquart
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LeRoy E. (Lee) Markquart, 87, died peacefully at home on May 29, 2018 after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Lee was born on his grandparents’ farm in Dunnell, Minnesota on April 28, 1931 to Ed and Ede Markquart and grew up the second of four children in Jackson, Minnesota. Lee graduated from Jackson High School in 1949 and Macalester College in 1953. He then joined the South Dakota Air National Guard as a radar observer on a two-man plane. 

Lee and Mary Hagberg were married on July 20, 1957 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota and made their home in Jackson until 1970 when they moved to Eau Claire to build a business (Markquart Motors) and raise their family. In their life together, Lee and Mary were always a team, each supporting the other in their roles and responsibilities and together caring for family, friends, employees, and always active for the wellbeing of the larger community. Lee and Mary had been married for almost 53 years when Mary died of ovarian cancer in June 2010. 

Lee was a man of deep faith and love of God. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida. His spirit of generosity grew out of his trust in a God of abundant generosity. Lee and his wife Mary were largely responsible for bringing the Boys and Girls Club to Eau Claire.  Over the years Lee poured his heart and soul into ensuring the Boys and Girls club would remain a place to take care of youth in the Chippewa Valley.   Lee also was involved in the Society of Founders at the Eau Claire Community Foundation, the WATDA Foundation scholarship, which distributed millions of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing careers in the automotive industry and was an avid supporter of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. 

In his personal life, Lee loved to spend time at Pine Lake. There was nothing better than a pontoon ride in the late afternoon with family and friends. Lee will be remembered for his optimism, integrity and generosity, his passion for business, his love of freedom and pride in this country, and his deep desire to provide and care for others. 

Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and sister, Rene (Tom) Hawkins. Lee is survived by his beloved companion of more than seven years, Sue Kristo; his sons David (Michelle), John (Terri), Paul (Melissa) and daughter Jeanne (Andrew Hartfield); his grandchildren Andrew (Katie), Charlee (Malia), Molly (Blake Bailey), Leah (Garrett Hulke), Will, Hannah, Jack, Christian, Mackenzi, Elaina, and Tillie; his step-grandchildren Cilicia (Justin) Steidl, Marisa (Paul) Ostendorf, Drew (Tiffany) Hartfield and Ben Hartfield; eight great-grandchildren; Lee’s sister Bev (Will) Larsen and brother Ed (Jan) Markquart; as well as an abundance of friends and extended family.

Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Peter Bredlau officiating.  Visitation will take place Tuesday evening, June 5, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 4-8 pm. There will be no visitation at the church on Wednesday prior to the service.  Committal service will take place Wednesday morning, June 6, 2018 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire at 9:45 am.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Lee's name to the Eau Claire Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley.  Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.  

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Linda M Poulsen August 12, 2018

    My sympathy goes out to the Markquart Family. Lee was a friend and it was a privilege knowing him through our professional connections through WATDA. I loved hearing his stories about work and play. I will miss seeing him in Florida for the annual dealer gathering. I visited Lee and Mary in Pine Lake to write a feature story many years ago and will remember the fun we had walking through the woods when he gave us the grand tour. What a man who loved life and made such a difference for so many!!

  2. Patti Blount June 7, 2018

    To The Markquart Family...

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Lee. He was a very nice man when I went into the showroom with my Dad during the years he bought his cars. He was always a nice guy to see on TV in the commercials. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  3. Michele (Hedstrom)Hohenstein June 7, 2018

    My deepest sympathies to you. My father (Bob Hedstrom) played basketball at Mac with Lee. I remember many stories he shared. My prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Ben Brandstatter June 6, 2018

    Deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire family . Lee was a true visionary in his industry and in everything he was involved in . He will be missed by many .

  5. Mike Sullivan June 6, 2018

    I will always remember Lee and his drive and business acumen and his love of family! May God give his family strength during this difficult time!

  6. Brian Krell June 5, 2018

    I extend my deepest sympathies to you and to the Markquart Family.

  7. Richard and Pat Solie June 3, 2018

    To John and the entire family,We are sorry for your loss. You can be proud of your heritage and be happy your Dad is no longer suffering and has gone to be with your Mom and God. May he rest in peace

  8. Bob Osborne June 3, 2018

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Lee's passing. My sympathy to the entire family.

  9. Janet and Steve Driever June 1, 2018

    The Sirianni family sends it’s condolences and prayers to the Markquart family. This town has lost a generous, kind, and gracious community leader who will long be remembered!
    Steve and Janet (Sirianni) Driever

  10. Steve & Lauralee Stenzel May 31, 2018

    To Lee’s family. We extend our prayers and condolences. We will always remember our Pine Lake memories with the Marquart Clan. Steve and Laur

  11. Al Anderson May 31, 2018

    We send our love and condolences to the Markquart family. Lee was a very special friend as Al graduated from Jackson High School with Lee who was his backyard neighbor. The friendship continued all these years and Lee was treasured for his caring and loving attitude.
    Peace and love,
    Al and Toni Anderson

  12. Chris and Bob DeBruyckere May 31, 2018

    The song “Humble and Kind” describes Lee Markquart to a tee. He and his wife, Mary, were two of the kindest people I have ever met. They were so compassionate and generous and were remarkable citizens of our community. May they both rest together in peace. Our love and condolences to the entire Markquart family. .Chris and Bob DeBruyckere

  13. Mary Pat Aanenson May 31, 2018

    My thoughts and prayers to the Markquart family. I have not only worked with the Markquarts, beginning with Lee and then Dave and John; but have done my personal vehicle purchases with them for over 20 years. Lee was a special person and always treated people with respect and kindnes. In business as well as personally. He will be remembered with fondness by many.

  14. Elizabeth Husberg(Liz Larson) May 31, 2018

    Dave & family,
    You are in my prayers.

  15. karen J karen j rude May 31, 2018

    My thoughts are with your family at this time. Lee was a wonderful guy! Enjoyed meeting him on several occasions.

  16. Jerry Abt May 30, 2018

    I've done business with the Markquart organization(s) for nearly 40 years. I've always found it to be "top shelf", dignified and professional. I believe most businesses are a reflection of their principals. I have no doubt that the honesty, integrity and class come from the very top on down. The Chippewa Valley is fortunate that a young Lee Markquart made it his home.

  17. Dan Lenczner & Family May 30, 2018

    Markquart Family,
    Our thoughts are with your entire family at this difficult time. Lee was a very special person who impacted the lives of so many over the years.