Donald Lee, age 78, of Fairfax passed away Saturday, April 15, 2023, at his home in rural Fairfax.
Funeral Service will be Friday, April 21, 2023, 11:00 A.M. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax with interment in Camp Cemetery, Camp Township, Renville County, Minnesota.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Donald Allen Lee was born on January 11, 1945, in New Ulm, Minnesota. He was the son of Elmer and Inez (Rovainin) Lee. Don was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 22, 1960, both at Central Lutheran Church in Camp Township. He was a graduate of the Fairfax High School and he furthered his education at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag Education.
On March 24, 1973, Don was united in marriage to Lucille Piotter Snyder at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Camp Township. He was employed as an Ag Teacher in Austin and Westbrook, Minnesota. He was also a Pioneer Sales Representative. Don and Lucille were blessed with three children, Stephanie, Ryan and Christopher. He also welcomed two step sons, Daniel and Darren. Don and Lucille shared 50 years of marriage.
Don was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax, volunteered with Lutheran Brotherhood, and was a member of Fairfax Jaycee’s.
Don enjoyed laughing, dancing, bowling, bicycling, polka music, golfing, playing cards, traveling, making homemade ice cream, lefsa and lutefisk. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Don passed away Saturday, April 15, 2023, at his home in rural Fairfax at the age of 78 years. Blessed be his memory.
Don is survived by his:
Wife, Lucille Lee of Fairfax, MN;
Children, Stephanie Graftaas and her husband, Eric of Becker, MN,
Ryan Lee and his wife, Kim of Fairfax, MN, and
Christopher Lee and his wife, Marisa of Fairfax, MN;
Step-sons, Daniel Snyder and his wife, Harpreet of Bridgewater, NJ, and
Darren Snyder and his wife, Kelly of Farmington, MN;
Grandchildren, Megan, Gretchen, and Hunter Graftaas, Kaitlyn, Abigail, Madalyn, Matthew, Carson, Anika, and Brenden Lee, Grace and Hannah Snyder-Hansen, Ethan, Edwin and Sydney Snyder;
Brother, James Lee and his wife, Gaynelle of Montevideo, MN;
Sister-in-law, Fayette Lee of Franklin, MN;
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his Parents, Elmer and Inez Lee; Grandson, Jacob Snyder-Hansen; Brother, Robert Lee.
Gerald and Diane Liebl says
Deepest sympathy to the family. Gerald Liebl
Jan Alvig Pupeza says
Thinking of you with sympathy, I wish I could be there but having to work that day. You are in my prayers
Jim Boersma says
Dearest Luci, Ryan, Chris and family. It’s with a saddened heart I learned of Don’s passing. I had so many fond memories working with your family while I was Pioneer Agronomist. Don had a warm heart, cared deeply for his family and customers. He had the most infectious laugh and he loved his role in Agriculture.
Jayne and my most sincere sympathies to you all.
Don will be missed by so many. God Bless you all.
Warmest wishes. Jim Boersma
Paul E Gaspar says
We are sorry to hear of your loss. We will send prayers to you and your family. May your memories give you strength and peace.
Mark Navara says
Our deepest sympathies to the Lee family on the passing of Don. I always thoroughly enjoyed working with Don during his years with Pioneer. His teaching experience in agriculture served him and his customers well through the years. I remember Lucy was always at his side during the busy times of the year with the seed business.
Blessed be Don’s memory!
Mark & Mary Navara
Ron Johnson says
Our sympathies to the Don Lee family…we remember Don during our years with Pioneer Seed Corn… always enjoying the parties and get togethers with the people involved. God bless you.
Ron and Denise Johnson