Archive - Feb 19, 2012
Leroy âLeeâ E. Magnuson, 82, of 407 E. Hemlock Avenue, Kane, passed away peacefully onÂ Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Warren Manor, after a courageous battle with kidney disease.
Born Dec. 14, 1929, in Kane, he was a son of the late Dwight and Alice Alexis Magnuson.Â In 1953, he married Carroll Christie who survives.
A graduate of Kane High School Class of 1948, Lee joined the U.S. Marine Corps after school and served during the Korean War.
Like a 40-ton missile, a fully-loaded log truck careened out-of-control Saturday morning and sliced into a wood-frame house on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area just south of Kane.
Miraculously, the truck driver and four people inside the house were not seriously injured.
The truck driverâThomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kaneâwas taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.
Bruce Peterson no longer has a house.
It was suddenly taken away Saturday when it was struck and destroyed by an out-of-control fully-loaded log truck.
Despite losing his home of 25 years, Peterson is grateful.
The impact miraculously spared his life and the lives of three other family members who were inside the house at the time of the spectacular crash on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area of Wetmore Township just south of Kane.
"It's bigger than a miracle," Peterson said Sunday with tears in his eyes. "Somehow, we all made it out alive. God was with us."