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Leon Peter Lenzi

June 19, 1929 ~ June 11, 2021

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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Gary & Barbara Doyle

June 15, 2021, 10:50 pm

Peace be with you, your family, and friends.
Leon always found time to speak to us, and often shared a sense of humor.

Brad and Jen Trumbull

June 18, 2021, 11:19 pm

Our deepest condolences. Uncle Lee was always fun to be around. All I can say is my dad has another drinking buddy up in heaven.

Chris Pope

June 20, 2021, 11:46 am

We belonged to a breakfast group that met at 2002 Restaurant. Leon was always so good to my husband & me and our group. What a great guy! He will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family.
Chris & Charlie Pope

Mike Charecky

June 23, 2021, 1:35 pm

Leon was a Vero Man tried and true. He belonged everywhere, supported many folks and many businesses, and was loved and enjoyed by all his friends.
He will truly be missed.
Joanna and Mike

Dawn Baker

June 23, 2021, 5:30 pm

Rest in Peace Lee! You will always be missed! I’ll carry your memory in my heart til we meet again boss!

Michael Cairns

June 26, 2021, 2:56 pm

Sorry to hear Leon passed away recently. Lee was a great man and business person. I provided Payroll Services for Leon’s several restaurants. Leon will be missed!!!

James Michael Mccarthy

March 15, 2023, 10:51 pm

One extra special man

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