Simon Lee, 1930-2015

Published 10:37 am Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Simon Lee, 85, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Funeral services for Simon will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bonnerup on Thursday and one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Simon Lee

Simon Lee

Simon Allen Lee was born May 22, 1930, in Albert Lea, to Simon and Ellen (Christensen) Lee. Simon was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He served in the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1948 to 1949. On Aug. 15, 1952, he and Arlene Hengesteg were married in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He worked for Wilson & Co. and Farmstead for over 42 years, retiring in 1990 when they closed. He golfed on several league teams while working. After retirement he golfed Mondays and Fridays with the seniors. When he retired, he and his wife started walking over three miles per day. They enjoyed watching great-grandchildren play hockey and baseball. Simon and Arlene traveled to Branson, Missouri, and saw several shows, visited a mall and Silver Dollar City, and had breakfast on a riverboat.

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Simon liked to watch westerns and listen to country music. Wintertime was Simon’s puzzle time. He was a member of the Eagles Club.

Simon is survived by his wife, Arlene, of 62 years; sons Jerry (Sheila), Rick (Barb), Steven (Connie), Danny (Cindy), Jim and Keith; daughter, Lori Lee; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four great-great-granddaughters; brothers Chuck (Tootie), Kenny (Darlene) and Gary (Mona); and sister-in-law, Sheila Lee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Beulah Lillefloren and Joyce Sward; brother, Richard (Dick) Lee; and brothers-in-law Ken Lillefloren and Roger Sward.