Lee R. Henke, age 86, of Brownton, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Cedar Crest Estate in Silver Lake, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Lee Raymond Henry Henke was born on July 15, 1934, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was the son of Herbert Fredrick and Eleanor Frances (Hanke) Henke. Lee was baptized as an infant on August 5, 1934, at home by Rev. Henry Weerts and later was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 30, 1947, by Arthur Koehler at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He lived 7 miles south of Hutchinson and attended District 81 country school for 8 years. Lee graduated from Hutchinson High School with the class of 1952.
In November of 1954, Lee served in the Army National Guard for 14 years to January of 1960 and again in March of 1972 until November of 1978 where he was honorably discharged and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
As a young man, Lee was heavily involved in FFA and 4H winning many local and state awards. While helping run a roller-skating rink in Winthrop, Minnesota. Lee met the love of his life, Helen, for the first time and they became an elegant dance skating couple. Skating became a regular family passion for the next 20 years.
Lee and Helen were married on October 21, 1956. This marriage was blessed with two children, Paul and Steven. Lee and Helen resided in Hutchinson and Lee worked at Larry’s Red Owl in Stewart, Minnesota, until his Grandfather’s farm came up for sale. Lee purchased the farm and farmed for 43 years until he retired. They shared 63 years of marriage until the passing of Helen on February 13, 2020.
Lee loved sports; he played fast pitch softball as a pitcher for about 30 years. He enjoyed hunting and trapping also enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, and fishing. Lee and Helen enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri, for many years and also loved winter getaways to Texas and Mexico.
Lee was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton.
Lee passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Cedar Crest Estate in Silver Lake, Minnesota, at the age of 86 years. Blessed be his memory.
Lee is survived by his:
Sons, Paul Henke and his wife, Jenise, of Hutchinson, MN,
Steven Henke and his wife, Margo, of St. Louis Park, MN;
Granddaughters, Adele Harlow Henke, Celine Elizabeth Henke;
Brother, Orlin (Butch) Henke and his wife, Judy, of Breezy Point, MN;
Nephews, Chad Henke, Joshua Henke, Perry Henke;
Many other relatives and friends.
Lee is preceded in death by his Parents, Herbert and Eleanor Henke; Wife, Helen Henke.