LEE D. PERSONLee D. Person, age 83, of Faribault, and formerly of Hector, Redwood Falls and Winona area died on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at District One Hospital, Faribault.
A memorial visitation will be held at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment and military rites will be held at Hector Municipal Cemetery at a later date.
Lee Douglas, the son of C. Arvid and Emma N. (Ahl) Person was born on March 22, 1930 in Hector. He graduated from Hector High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard during the Korean Conflict. He married Lois "Pinky" Pinske in 1950, later divorced. He also married Shirley Tomashko, later divorced. He was formerly employed as a telephone engineer in Hector; owned and operated Stub's Grill in Hector; worked at Badger State Telephone Company while living in Wisconsin; co-owned and operated Personality Flowers (now known as Blossom Town) in Redwood Falls; and did warranty service work for Schult Homes. Lee enjoyed harness horse racing, loved to cook and collect recipes, and liked hunting, fishing and feeding birds. He retired north of Winona on the Mississippi River and later moved to Faribault in 2001.
He is survived by his two children, Mark R. (Paula) Person of Faribault and Amy Lee Person (Keith Johnsen) of Minneapolis; two grandchildren, Nicholas (Carrie) Person of Lakeville and Christopher Person of Syracuse, NY; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Samuel Person; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings, Ruth Kezele and Jim Person.
Name: Connie Newberg
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2013
We always enjoyed Lee's visits back to the Hector Airport. He had some great stories which are recorded in our "Hector Airport Logbook of Who's Who." He will always be most remembered as one of the two 10 year old boys washing Johnny Rice's Cub airplane in a 1940 photograph we have. I hope you have a copy of that photo. In 2000, Lee attended Hector Airport's 75th anniversary and we staged that same picture again with another Cub and the two boys--now 70 years old! When Lee was 18, with $50 he bought into a flying club that had purchased a 1939 Aeronca Chief plane for $350. He soloed after only 5 1/2 hours of instruction! Getting married and drafted into the Army put a stop to his flying, but he still enjoyed visiting with us and talking about the ol' days. Connie and Ed Newberg Hector, MN
Name: Lora Pinske Sunder
Date: Monday November 04, 2013
We're going to miss Uncle Lee! So thankful that he helped establish the lutefisk tradition with all us Germans. I have fond memories of helping in the Redwood Falls shop and our discussions on our love of Swedish "stuff", like the food. I will always remember Uncle Lee with a smile on his face. My love goes out to you Mark and Amy and the rest of the family. Lora
Name: Jim Backus
Date: Monday November 04, 2013
I am sorry to hear about Lee passing and thank you for letting me know. I met Lee about 15 years ago when he lived at the Bass Camp on the Mississippi River. He called me because he needed help on his income tax preparation and I had other clients at the Bass Camp that must have passed my name on to him. Lee and I spoke the same language and we had many conversations that had nothing to do about income taxes. I still remember the toy rubber band guns that I purchased from him for my son (and myself). I will miss him. Sincerely, Jim
Name: Jean & Craig Humphries
Date: Sunday November 03, 2013
Mark & Paula, Amy & Keith; Craig and I send comforting thoughts to all of you on the loss of your father. You are never quite ready to lose a parent. We're sorry that we will be unable to attend the service on Tuesday. Jean