Leo "Lee" William Fogerty

St. Helen, Michigan
November 27, 1958 - August 28, 2020

Service Location

Mills Township Cemetery


A Celebration of Life Service and burial of Lee will be held at Mills Township Cemetery at 4:30 PM Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Obituary Notice

Leo William Fogerty, age 61 of St. Helen, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on August 28, 2020.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet. Loving children; Christopher (Salina) Fogerty and Corey Fogerty and Kailey Fogerty. Sisters and Brothers: Cindy (Steve) Durfee, Laurie (Jim) French, Lyle (Cherie) Fogerty, Shari (Art) Raymond, Denise (Robin) Raymond, Larry (Tammy) Fogerty, Lisa (Steve) Pulley, Bill (Diane) Fogerty, and Amy (James) Sanchez. Nieces, nephews 27 great nieces and 20 great nephews and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Fogerty was preceded in death by his daughter, Renae Fogerty, mother; Mary Lou (Upleger) Fogerty Smith and Father; Leo Edward Fogerty.

Lee graduated from Whittemore Prescott School and joined the Navy shortly after graduation. He was in the navy for 20 years and retired from the Navy in 1998. Lee was a member for the St Helen Faith Alive Church where he was a board member and devoted to his church. He was known as “Papa Lee the Candy Man” at church. Lee was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting…even if he did not catch anything or kill a deer…he just loved the quiet time he shared with God. Lee cherished spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. You could find him with bows in his hair or tied up like a mummy, Papa Lee was up for the fun. The nursing staff at Mid-Michigan West Branch said he tried to put a smile on their face…even while he was so sick. He always had a joke to lighten the air. His goal was to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Per his wishes, Lee has been cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced and held at a future date.


Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lee to the Faith Alive Church of St. Helen (1709 N. Saint Helen Road, St. Helen, Michigan 48656).


Mills Township Cemetery


He really did like to help people out who were in bad places or were need of assistance because it was the right thing to do. Always volunteering and organizing events for less fortunate kids around the holidays and for their families to feast on good meals. He wasn't perfect and never claimed to be. When he did wrong, he would admit his faults and try to make amends or accept the consequences of his actions. He was straight up about who he was and didn't have to lie or hide from anything. He was never fake and I remember as a kid if he passed judgement on someone or said something bad about someone, he would apologize and correct himself. He showed me pride and when to swallow it. He showed me humility and that it was ok to make mistakes. He showed me courage for never giving up the fight. Things that I find myself doing without realizing why, but it was because of the things he taught me growing up, and even though he didn't walk a perfect line, he still tried to show me one that was. I love you Dad. I understand so much more now that I am grown up. You did a great job and your lessons are and have been with me everyday since before I ever knew it. Truly not a man to be looked down upon, but a man to look up to.
— Christopher Fogerty
Hi Janet
I’m truly sorry for your loss. Try to stay strong and well.
— Patrick Fogerty
my deepest heartfelt condolences to Lee's family...I worked with him in Tawas a few years back...R.I.P.
— Frank Mahon
Sorry for your lost I know how you feel U lost my husband Lee's cousin Stephen Kizzee in January. Try to stay strong.
— Ellen Kizzee
I’m going to miss you Buddy! Love You...

Love you mom I’m truly sorry!
— Kris
So sorry for your loss Janet see you soon.
— Jan Deloge
Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.
— Roy Bridgman
I am so sorry for your loss Janet. I will miss visiting with Leo, even if it was only 5 minutes when he was at the office. I will keep you and your family in my prayers 🙏🏻
— Vickie Bannister
I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of spending my teenage years in Skidway Lake hanging out with and practicing football and baseball with Leo growing up . (I only knew him as Leo) I couldn't have had a better friend. He was calm and patient in almost all situations and was good at whatever he decided to do. (Except singing...Leo couldn't sing back then) I know he'll be greatly missed, but he'll always bring good memories back whenever I think of him.
— Floyd Bell
Cousin Lee!!!! The patriarch of our generation! We still have so much to learn... You are already missed, will forever be missed, no one can take your place. Thank you for the lessons, the laughs, and the love. We'll never be without you because you are in our hearts so deeply, but being without your presence leaves such a void. We're going to say your name and talk about you often and love you always. You'll always be 'the first one out' that started this whole 'best family ever' thing. It's true, and we thank you!
Love you!
— Julia (Chris) Bouldin
I am so sorry for your grief. Leo was a great person and his spirit will live on. When I was a little girl, he took me to my first movie theater movie.
— Diahann Forro Curtis
I can’t tell you how sorry I am! Lee was one of the kindest and sweetest men I have ever been lucky to know! He is with our Father now but forever in our thoughts and hearts! Praying for you all! ❤️🙏🏼
— Joyce Horn
Lee was a good and faithful servant of God, to his family and his friends. His life was not always easy but he trusted in the Lord and now lives in eternity in a new glorified healthy body. I will see you again my friend. Tell Jesus hi for me.
— Michael Stewart
I grew up with Lee. He was one of the best. Had a lot of great times playing sand lot baseball and football with Lee and many friends. Lee never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He was truly a man of God. I'm happy to say Lee was part of my childhood. God must have needed another angel. He certainly has one in Lee Fogerty. I will miss you my friend.
— Jeff Duma
I have decided to have Lee's funeral/memorial service on October 3rd at the Mill's Township Cemetery in Prescott. Lee wanted to be placed by his mother. I am so sorry if this makes it so some cannot come. It will be outside because more friends can be there. Inside they limit the number of people. I was going to wait until spring, but I need to finish what I promised Lee. I am not sure if or when covid will ever go away, so I need to put Lee to rest. I still wake listening for him to get up in the night or waiting for the hospital to tell me I can bring him home. This may help me get closure too. I miss Lee so much, it is hard to let him go. Please come and help us celebrate his life in heaven on October 3rd at 4:30 At Mill Township Cemetery, 3980 Elbow Lake Road, Prescott, Mi 48756. Thank You. Janet Fogerty
— Janet Fogerty
Dear Janet and family,
I don’t have the words to express how my heart aches for you❤️ I have such fond memories of Lee in youth group and then later after he married Janet.
He had a heart of gold!! He always had a smile and an encouraging word .
Our loss is heaven’s gain❤️ One day we will see him again and he won’t be in pain!!
My love and prayers are with you all❤️🙏🏻❤️
— Rhonda (Tworek) Jenner

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