Glenn M. Lee

March 7, 1932 - May 11, 2021

Glenn M. ”Ol’ Blue” Lee, 89, of St. Charles, and formerly of Batavia, Il., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  Glenn was born on March 7, 1932 in Arlington, SD, the son of Halvor and Olive (nee. Hefte) Lee.  He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Warner on May 4, 1957 in Wisconsin.

Glenn attended South Dakota State University graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. 

Glenn began working for Fermi National Accelerator (Fermilab) in 1967 as the first mechanical engineer.  He was instrumental in the success of the pre-accelerator and the accelerator complex that creates the proton beam and moves it into the linear accelerator.

Glenn was an avid hobbyist, loving reading, traveling, hunting, fishing, collecting and refinishing antiques, making jewelry, stone polishing, model car racing, and model airplane racing. 

Glenn’s passion for most of his adult life was model airplane racing.  Glenn first won a trophy at the Nationals in 1962,  He founded the Tree Town Modelairs serving as the club’s newsletter editor for several years.  Glenn also authored the CL Speed column in Model Aviation from 1994 to 2000.  He wrote the rules used in the popular .21 Sport Speed event.  Elected District VI Vice President from 1972-1979.  He also received a Meritorious Service Award in 1978 for his efforts.

A long-time competitor, Glenn was United States Grand National Champion at the 1974 Nat’s and Speed Champion at the 2001 Nat’s.  In FAI competition, Glen was a two-time member of the United States International Speed Team in the 1960s and 1970s.  Glenn is a member of the model airplane Hall of Fame.

During this same time, Glenn competed in the Free Flight Helicopter and Indoor Hand Launched Glider contests.  He has set three CL Class B Speed records.

Besides his work and hobbies, Glenn and his beloved wife Mary, loved spending time with family in Wisconsin and South Dakota sharing stories of their adventures. They also enjoyed traveling, card playing, and flea markets with friends.   

Glenn is survived by his sisters, Shirley Olson and Norma Hansen; many nieces and nephews; and close family friends, Lianne Halling and William “Billy” Hughes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Mary Lee; his two brothers, Robert, Lloyd and Royce Lee; and three sisters, Ruth Olson, Mavis Johnson and Frances King.

A memorial service and interment will be held later this summer in his hometown of Arlington, SD.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Association,

Guest Book

  • Sherry Hickey Rest in peace Glen, it was a pleasure knowing you and working with you. I got to interact with you in my position of getting requisitions signed and to procurement in a speedy manner. You were always sweet and accommodating. Now is your time to rest in our Father's heavenly home. Rest in peace. Sherry Hickey, Sparta, Tn.