Edward was born April 14, 1923, in Moline, the son of the Rev. Ralph Lemon and Ruth (Brandenburg) Lemon. He grew up in Milan and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1941 and the later from Augustana College. He received his master’s degree in education from Western Illinois University. Ed served as an Officer in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS John J. Powers. On January 1, 1949, he married Jeanette E. Martensen in Rock Island. In his words – “The smartest thing I ever did!”
Mr. Lemon began teaching at John Deere Jr. High School in Moline. In January 1948 and in 1961 he transferred to Moline High School where he taught biology and served as athletic business manager and manager of Wharton Field House until his retirement in 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; son and daughter in law, Dr. David and Pamela Lemon, Rock Island; daughters and sons in law, Jane and Dale Koenig, Moline, Mary and Kendall Tempel, Shrewsbury, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Tom Lemon, Kristin (David) Koenig-Schriefer, Erin Koenig, Katie Tempel and Mark Tempel.