Leon Peter Lenzi passed peacefully on June 11, 2021 at the VNA Hospice House at age 91.
Leon was born June 19, 1929 in Elmwood Park, IL to Roger and Dora Lenzi. After high school and a tour of duty as a litter jeep driver in the Korean War, he owned a gas and service station in suburban Chicago. In time, he owned a trucking, hauling and excavation company known first as Triple X Trucking and then as River Grove Trucking in the Chicago suburbs.
Looking to settle down, he made his way to Vero Beach in the late 1970’s. Never one to rest, he found himself owning several restaurants over the next 35 years, such as the 2001 & 2002 Restaurants, Lenzi’s Diner and lastly, Oslo Diner, which he bought when he was 83 and sold when he was 87. Along the way, he held memberships in many clubs throughout the local community. Leon always loved boating and sitting on his deck or patio by the water’s edge enjoying the scenery and a nice breeze.
In his last couple of years, Leon was diligently cared for by his longtime companion and friend, Shirley Wallace. Additionally, he was kept active and engaged by some of his best friends Rocky Renda, Roy Thompson and Joe Gomez with outings to the Italian American Club, Irish American Club and lunches around town. Leon was a proud veteran and active in the Korean War Veterans organization.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Dora Lenzi, sister, Gloria Clarizio, and wife, Dorothy.
He is survived by Shirley Wallace; son, Roger (Terry) Lenzi; grandson, David Lee Lenzi; and nephews, Robert (Thuy) Clarizio and Bill (Kimberly) Clarizio.
Plans for services to be determined at a later date.
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