Jerry Lee, 82, father of Preston woman

Jerry M. Lee, 82, of Houston, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

He was born on July 11, 1937, in Spring Grove to Gilbert and Molly (Anderson) Lee.

He went to school at the Yucatan Stone School for eight years and went to four years of high school and graduated from Houston High School. He served in the Army Infantry National Guard of Minnesota.

On May 5, 1962, he was united in marriage with Judith (Judy) Kallis at Faith Lutheran Church in Blackhammer.

He farmed the Lee homestead his entire life and was an independent insurance agent for over 55 years from his home office. The Lee homestead was settled in 1869 by his grandfather, John Lee. On Aug. 15, 2019, he was honored at the Houston County Fair by the State of Minnesota in congratulations on 150 years of this homestead in the Lee name. He was feeling good, so honored and elated of this recognition.

Mr. Lee treasured his John Deere tractors: collecting and farming with only the big John Deere tractors. For hobbies, he loved the thrill of preparing his tractor(s) and the tractor pulling. He was one who loved the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, deer and turkey were trophy quality on his Yucatan farmland. He liked to venture off to go walleye fishing, camping, snowmobiling, farm implement buying and antiquing. He enjoyed socializing, helping people in any way and was always greeting and welcoming people with that smile, that warm handshake and his laugh. And most importantly, he would always offer you a bite to eat. For many years, card playing was mainly pinochle and Euchre and seemed to know all the cards played, what opponent cards could be and cards not played — a bit of a card shark. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan his entire life, and enjoyed playing or watching most sports.

He was an active member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston and was very supportive of many Houston community activities and organizations. He was a third generation farmer on his 150-year-old homestead and he loved the outdoors and all aspects of farming and living in the country. His life motto was to "Live every day to its fullest" and he did. Jerry had an extraordinary life, accomplished much and was loved by so many people.

He is survived by three children, Kari (Mike) Odenbrett of Preston, Duron (Shelly) Lee and Jon (Lisa) Lee, both of Houston; six grandchildren, Vanessa, Dylan, Nathan, Rebecca, Cohl and Cameron; brother and sisters-in-law, Kae and Richard Townsend and Beverly Kallis and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Margit Knutson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston with the Rev. Linda McPeak officiating. Burial was in the Stone Church Cemetery in Houston.