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Clifford Lee, 92

Aug 7, 2011

Clifford Lee

Blue Earth – Clifford Lee, age 92, of Blue Earth, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at United Hospital, Blue Earth.

Funeral Services will be held today, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Blue Earth, with the Rev. Brent Walker officiating. Burial will be in East Chain Evangelical Free Church Cemetery, East Chain. Visitation time was from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Cliff was born July 12, 1919, at Lastine, Ore., the son of Kittle and Serina (Alne) Lee. He was raised and educated in the East Chain area. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and was later married to Solvieg Bjornson on Nov. 8, 1942, in Joice, Iowa. In the army he was stationed at Camp Cook and Fort Sill and was a military instructor at Drake University in Des Moines. He was discharged in 1945 and became a carpenter in Ventura, Iowa. In 1946, he began farming in Fertile, Iowa, before moving to a farm in Pilot Grove in 1951. In 1962 he bought a farm north of Blue Earth and worked at construction as well. He owned and operated Lee’s Construction until 1980. He retired to Blue Earth in 1983.

Cliff was a founding member and helped construct Faith Lutheran Church where he held many church offices and served as the church secretary for many years. Cliff loved music, playing the guitar and piano, singing and creating many family heirlooms in his woodworking shop. He has been a resident of Parker Oaks, in Winnebago, since 2005.

Clifford is survived by his children, Sonja (Terry) Peterson, of East Chain, Phil (Diane) Lee, of LeSeuer, Tom (Cindy) Lee, of Virginia, MN, and Linda (Randy) Oldenburg, of Lakeville; sisters, Geri (Marv) Smith, of Mason City,?Iowa, and Shirley Skartland, of Maple Grove; sister-in-law, Clenora Skartland, of Winnebago; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Gerhard Skartland; wife, Solveig, in 2008; and a brother, Gerhard Skartland, Jr.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com