Leslie Gene Lemon

June 14, 1940June 30, 2018

Leslie Gene Lemon 14 June 1940 - 30 June 2018

L. Gene Lemon (78) passed away peacefully on June 30, 2018. In his final months, he enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling to the beach in North Carolina which he loved. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cathie Lanier Lemon, his daughters Catherine Lemon Confer and Jennie Lemon Kitz, and his grandchildren Cathie Lanier Confer and Sebastian McIntire Kitz; his brother John Rodney Lemon, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gene was born and raised on a farm in Aledo, Illinois. He and his brother have continued to run the family farm to this day, and Gene visited several times every year. He attended the University of Illinois for both his undergraduate degree and for law school. Upon his graduation from law school in 1964, he married Cathie and they moved to Chicago where he began his career as a lawyer for the American Farm Bureau Federation. In 1969 he began working for Armour & Co., and relocated to Phoenix when the company was acquired by The Greyhound Corporation in 1971. This was the beginning of a long acquaintance with mergers and acquisitions. He became general counsel in 1977, and remained with the same company in its many incarnations until his retirement in 1998.

He was an avid golfer and loved to travel, often combining these as he traveled to golf courses around the world with his foursome: his brother and two high school friends. After his retirement, in addition to annual summer vacations at the beach he added a spring and fall visit to North Carolina. Gene was legal counsel for his national college fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, for 50 years, and was honored with the North American Interfraternity Conference Foundation Award of Distinction for Outstanding Foundation Volunteer in Indianapolis, IN last fall. He travelled to attend the AGR Convention almost every year.

In addition to his volunteer work for his fraternity, Gene gave his time and talents to numerous organizations including All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, UC Davis Medical School Board of Visitors, Uniform Law Commission, and Citizens Clean Election Commission, among others.

His generosity of spirit and love of a good time will be missed by many.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at A. L. Moore - Grimshaw Mortuaries at 710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church at 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Music Endowment or to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.


  • John B. Lemon, Father
  • Clio M. Lemon, Mother
  • Catherine Lemon, Wife
  • Catherine Confer, Daughter
  • Jennie Kitz, Daughter
  • John R Lemon, Brother
  • Cathie Confer, Grandchild
  • Sebastian Kitz, Grandchild


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 12, 2018

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James Nichol

July 24, 2018

There simply are no words that can adequately express the esteem and gratitude my family holds for Gene and what his relationship has meant to us. One such example among his many acts of kindness happened when my father passed in 1979 as he selflessly gave of his time and efforts to shepherd us through the legal and financial settlement of his affairs. He also made numerous trips back and forth over the coming years concerning other family matters as a constant and loving support; contributing in whatever way he could that might require his attention and steadfast devotion. The warmth of his wit, charm, and compassion will be deeply missed; and he has without question left this world a better place in a life well lived.

Nancy and Kathy Barber and Latham

July 8, 2018

Our memories of Mr. Lemon have always involved our father, Frank Barber, who was a good friend and co-worker of Dad's. Both men were attorneys at Greyhound and avid golfers. Their friendship lasted until our dad's passing two years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Lemon were instrumental in Dad's involvement with the Phoenix Art Museum. Mr. Lemon, you will be missed, but we know that you are golfing with Dad in heaven!

Wilbur Nelson

July 7, 2018

Our parents were friends many years ago in Mercer County. The friendship continued throughout the years and we showed cattle together at the Mercer County Fair. I shared another passion with
Gene, and that is AGR, and my last contact with Gene was at an AGR Alumni gathering in Bloomington last year. Fond memories! Wilbur Nelson