Lee James Radek

June 9, 1943February 2, 2013

Lee J. Radek 1943-2013

Lee was born and raised in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Ann and Frank Radek. He attended St. Rita’s Elementary School and St. Procopius Academy. During his childhood on the south side he developed a lifelong love of the White Sox and Da Bears, as well as an unsurpassed appreciation for the music of Elvis Presley. Following his graduation from Marquette University in 1965, Lee served in the U.S. Army for two years in Korea. Upon his return, he enrolled in the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he met his wife, Jill. After graduating cum laude in 1971, Lee moved to Virginia and joined the U.S. Department of Justice under the Attorney General's Honors Program. In 1976 he was one of three attorneys selected to form the Public Integrity Section of the Department's Criminal Division. He became a Deputy Chief of that Section in 1978. In 1992, he was appointed to the position of director, Asset Forfeiture Office, and in 1994, he returned to the Public Integrity Section as its chief, where he served until 2001, when he became senior counsel in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. In 2000, Lee was the recipient of the Henry E. Petersen award, the Criminal Division’s highest honor. Among his other duties, Lee was a member of the FBI Criminal Undercover Operations Review Committee, and was the Department's representative to the Financial Action Task Force-the international anti-money laundering body. He retired in 2005. Lee was a passionate golfer and frequent winner of the annual Devitt Open. An active member of the Springfield Golf & Country Club, Lee participated in numerous leagues and tournaments. He was a season ticket holder for both the Washington Capitals and Nationals. Lee enjoyed his retirement immensely, as he was able to golf regularly and travel with his wife. A proud father and devoted husband, Lee is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jill, his children Megan, Matthew and wife Stephanie, and Caitlin, his sister Caren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Marquette University Blue and Gold fund,, or to a charity of your choosing.


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Committal Service Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013

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Hays Gorey

October 16, 2013

Jill: I just learned of Lee's death. I was hoping he might be available to advise a former agent who is a client on matters within his area of expertise. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Lee, at least as I remember him, was a jovial, happy fellow. I regret not having the opportunity to visit with him one last time.

February 13, 2013

Megan and family
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. This must be terribly hard.

Bob Sharp

February 11, 2013

To Jill and family:

I was deeply shocked and sadden to learn of Lee's death. He was a dear friend to me for over 20 years. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Lee appreciated his keen wit, exceptional legal skills, and outstanding ethical character. He was admired and respected by all his colleagues in the Criminal Division and the Federal law enforcement community. Lee was a man of great compassion, had a terrific sense of humor, and was a true fan of "Elvis" and Rock and Roll. Most of all, Lee was a real family man and did not hide it. His passing leaves a large hole in all of us which can only be partially filled with lasting memories of a wonderful man, great times spent at work, and the fun and friendship shared while there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Craig Donsanto

February 11, 2013

Jill- -

I learned of Lee's untimely passing shortly after leaving the county, and I am still in shock. Lee was, for me, a great leader, mentor and a true friend whose unexpected and untimely loss will likely never be filled. Please accept my deepest sympathy. And rest assured that somewhere in Heaven Lee is playing golf with Elvis- -- and winning!

God bless you. Jill, and my God bless and keep your wonderful husband.

Selina Kruchten

February 8, 2013

Sincere condolences during this very sad time. Sending my love to Megan and her family.
Selina Kruchten

Gerry McDowell

February 8, 2013

Jill and family,
I met Lee in 1980 when I joined the Public Integrity Section. I quickly appreciated how fine a lawyer he was. I could rely on his honest, sometimes blunt opinion, given sincerely, straightforwardly, always relevant and helpful. Even more I appreciated how good and fine a man Lee was. It was a pleasure to work with someone as mature and confident; someone with a sense of humor and the wit to use it well. In over 20 years we went on over a thousand of his power walks at lunch time. We talked about many things, his love of his family, all good things about Chicago and his cherished colleagues in Public Integrity, and Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Sections. After more than a decade away from Washington those times with Lee are fresh in my memory. I was shocked and saddened to hear from Megan of Lee's passing and I have prayed for him.

Ray Hulser

February 7, 2013

Lee committed the heart of his career to fighting public corruption, and he was a mentor to dozens of us in the Public Integrity Section at Justice for decades. He called them the way he saw them, and he was committed to doing the right thing despite the political and media circus that swirls in Washington. Through all of it, Lee kept his smile, his hearty laugh, and his down-to-earth values, and the people who worked with him always knew that the most important thing to Lee was his family.

John Zigmond

February 7, 2013

To Lee's Family:

Please accept condolences and prayers from Lee's SPA friends-classmates and former teachers back in the Chicagoland area. We truly enjoyed our visit and time with Lee at the SPA Reunion in the summer of 2011. Lee looked vibrant and was his personable self. It was a pleasure hearing about Lee's career, interests, and family! The sad news of Lee's passing was a true shock. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers!

John Zigmond, Class of '61

Judi Cody Ron Sukoneck

February 7, 2013

Jill, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. We all will miss Lee and his "big ole Elvis" smile.


February 7, 2013

Glad that I had the opportunity to reunite with Lee during our Proco reunion. We really enjoyed talking about our football follies. My prayers and thoughts are with Lee's family.