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Owen "Lee" Studstill

October 20, 1955 August 31, 2019
Owen "Lee" Studstill
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Owen Lamar “Lee” Studstill Jr., 63, of Arlington, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 after an extended illness at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 PM Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru with Pastor Brett Todd of Grace United Methodist Church, LaSalle officiating. Visitation will be held 4-6:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born October 20, 1955, in Macon, GA, Lee was the oldest son of Owen Lamar Studstill Sr. and Doris Atkins Studstill. Lee married Melinda Morgan on August 15, 1986 in Swainsboro, GA.

Lee is lovingly remembered by his family; wife, Melinda Studstill, of Arlington, daughter, Summer Studstill, of Mendota, and brother, Cole (Kim) Studstill, of Peru. Lee is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lee received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia College, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Lee grew up watching his father work as a broadcaster, and in the 1970s, as just a teenager, Lee worked as a newsman for a Macon radio station and helped his dad broadcast basketball and football games over dozens of radio stations all over the state of Georgia. From that beginning, Lee led the family in purchasing their first stations in Georgia. Six years later, Lee was instrumental in convincing the family to purchase two stations in Mendota, Illinois, and he and Melinda moved to Mendota from Georgia. From that beginning, Lee founded the Studstill Media group of stations, including stations in Streator, Peru, and Spring Valley. Lee was the creator, president, and leader of Studstill Media for the past 37 years. Lee and Melinda served as emcees of the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival for many years in the 1990s and 2000s.

When not working, Lee enjoyed reading, horseback riding, and running. Lee was introduced to a love of horses by his future wife, Melinda, and they owned horses for many years and will be missed by his equine children, Shawnee and Noble, along with his two canine children, Juno and Butterbean.

Lee was an accomplished athlete, all-state in Georgia in high school basketball and track and field, and later played college basketball. As an adult, Lee found great joy in running, and successfully completed seven marathons, including qualifying for, and running two times, the Boston Marathon.

Lee especially enjoyed his family, a devoted husband to Melinda, and a loving father of Summer. He proudly shared in Summer’s academic successes and was thrilled when Summer joined the family business after graduating college last year.

Even after his memory suffered while battling Alzheimer’s, he could still vividly remember with joy the time 15 years ago that he spotted and rescued a dog that had been missing for several days after escaping from a friend’s car during an auto accident on Route 251. In celebration of Lee’s love of four-legged friends, please direct any memorial donations to Friends of Strays, Princeton.


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Visitation

Tuesday

3

Sep

4:00 PM 9/3/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9/3/2019 6:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Peru

909 Pike Street
Peru, IL 61354

Mueller Funeral Home, Peru
909 Pike Street Peru 61354 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Tuesday

3

Sep

6:00 PM 9/3/2019 6:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Peru

909 Pike Street
Peru, IL 61354

Mueller Funeral Home, Peru
909 Pike Street Peru 61354 IL
United States

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Friends of Strays

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