Bruce Wayne Lees, age 80 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bruce was born June 5, 1940 in Austin, Minnesota, to Ronald and Hannah (Johnson) Lees. He graduated with the class of 1958, from Austin High School. On July 25, 1960, Bruce was united in marriage to Janet Wakefield at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Together they had four children. Bruce was the owner of Lees Lock for over 25 years. He was a lifelong Austin resident and a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bird photography, and woodworking. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Lees; daughter, Robin Kleinpeter; son, Jay (Michelle) Lees; six grandchildren, Cole Denisen, Hudson Kleinpeter, Taylor Lees, Ashley Lees, Avery Lees, Grace Lees; two great grandchildren, Josephine Denisen, Kaiden Sandidge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Hannah Lees; two sons, Jeffrey Lees, Eric Lees; brother, Gary Lees; son-in-law, Randy Kleinpeter.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin, Minnesota. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral home is limited to 57 people for the service. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hormel Nature Center or St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.