Richard J. Lee, age 88 of Austin, Minnesota died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at The Cedars of Austin. He was born July 31, 1928 in Dodge County, Minnesota, the son of Edwin and Elsie (Highshoe) Lee. Richard attended rural schools before enrolling in the Austin Area Vocational-Technical Institute for carpentry. He made his living as a butcher working for Hormel Foods Corporation, retiring in 1986. On June 25, 1950, Richard and Ida May Klingfuss were united in marriage at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. To this union, four children were born. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952, serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Richard liked to hunt and fish, and enjoyed his annual fishing trip up north. He loved being outdoors. Other favorite pastimes included gardening and carpentry work. He belonged to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Eagles Club, the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the V.F.W. Richard will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Ida May of Austin; his children Danny (Ann) Lee, Jerry (Teresa) Lee, and Vicky (Jerome ‘Jerry’) Hansen, all of Austin, and Brian (Tammy) Lee of Owatonna; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; his sister Vera Armbrust of Austin, sister-in-law Nancy Lee of Bloomington, sister-in-law Phyllis Lee of Austin, brother-in-law Marvin Durben of Bloomington, in addition to other relatives and friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Rosella Durben and her husband Ambrose, a sister Lucille in infancy, sister Evelyn Durben, brothers Elmer and Virgil, sister-in-law Dorothy Lee, and brother-in-law LaVern ‘Hap’ Armbrust.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Todd Portinga, Associate in Ministry, officiating. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and V.F.W. Post 1216 will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Memorials can be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 91, V.F.W. Post 1216, or recipient of donor’s choice. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.