Lee Vernon Hasselmeier, Sr. age 93 of Galveston passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at JohnSealyHospital in Galveston. Funeral services are 10:00am Friday, July 8, 2011 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio officiating. Burial will follow at CalvaryCatholicCemetery in Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm with an Elk’s Memorial Service to be held at 6:30pm.
Lee was a BOI born October 18, 1917 in Galveston, Texas to Fred M. Hasselmeier and Mattie Jo Gaschen Hasselmeier. Lee served in WWII from 1943 to 1945 in the Rhineland Air Offensive in Europe with the 882 MP Air Engineers Squadron where he earned the European Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars. He was employed with the U.S. Customs Service as an appraiser of merchandise, inspector and regional liquidator, retiring in 1976. Mr. Hasselmeier was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk’s Galveston Lodge # 126 where he was a PER. He was a life member of the VFW Post 880 and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Lee was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, Carrie Lotz Hasselmeier and his brothers, Fred, Louis G., Gaschen and Gale. Survivors include his Loving companion, Josie Sullivan of Galveston; son, Lee Hasselmeier, Jr. and wife Strelsa; grandsons, Lee Hasselmeier, III and wife Stephanie and Key Hasselmeier and wife Meredith; sister, Charlotte Smith of Gulfport, MS; great grandson, Luke Daniel Hasselmeier and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Jens Jensen, III, Matt Hasselmeier, Paul Macaluso, John Joe Sullivan, Jerry Abell and Herbie Doreck.
The family wishes to thank The Meridian staff for the excellent care they provided.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com. Please include the Hasselmeier name.