Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present

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Bob Lee

Bob Lee

Lee, Bob
Inducted: 2005
Gambrel Construction Management – Yorkville, Illinois

Over the years, Lee has shown many other rural builders how diversification into new areas of the building business can really pay off. He has found many unique uses for his type of construction in the recreational, light industrial, and commercial markets. Lee has also built many grain storage and livestock confinement facilities and is active in several industry organizations.
After starting his career with Hawkeye Lumber Company, Lee worked with Bonanza Buildings for roughly 20 years. He now works approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago, selling Menards buildings.

 

Russell Lehe

Russell Lehe

Lehe, Russell
Inducted:  1982
R.B. Lehe Company – Mt. Prospect, Illinois

Serving on the planning committee for the first National Farm Builder Show held in Detroit in 1967, Russ saw the need for recognition of the rural construction as an industry of its own.  He helped spread the word about rural building and the many products for this industry during a long career with Reynolds Metal Company.

Now serving as a consultant with energy companies around the country, Russ still keeps an active eye on the rural construction industry.

 

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Lessiter, Frank
Inducted:  1990
Brookfield, Wisconsin

In 1990, members of the Rural Builder Hall of Fame, in a special election, unanimously agreed to elect Frank Lessiter into this prestigious group representing outstanding leadershipo in the rural construction industry.  This decision was based on the many contributions Frank made during his 12 years as editor and publisher of Rural Builder.

 

Peter G. Loveland

Peter G. Loveland

Loveland, Peter G.
Inducted:  1992
W.H. Maze Company – Peru, Illinois

Peter G. Loveland, inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame in 1992, has been president of the Nail Division of the W.H. Maze Company since 1979.  A Combat infantryman in both World War II and the Korean War, he joined the Nail Division shortly after graduation from Oberlin College in Ohio.  In 1977 he succeeded his father-in-law, James Maze, as general manager upon Maze’s death.  A family company with roots extending back to the founding of the Maze Lumber Co., in Peru, Illinois in 1848, the Maze Nail Division also employs the three sons of Frannie and Peter Loveland:  Peter M., Roelif M., and James M.

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