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Erling R. Lee

June 14, 1932 — January 8, 2024

Zumbro Falls, MN

Erling Robert Lee, 91, of Zumbro Falls, died Monday, January 8, 2024, at his home.  He was born on June 14, 1932, in Hayfield, Minnesota to Jerald and Ruby (Lee) Lee.  He attended rural schools near Sargeant, Minnesota.  He worked for Kennard Edgar and also hauled milk for the Vernon Creamery.  On October 17, 1959, he was united in marriage to Barbara Jane Moore at the Evunger Lutheran Church near Sargent where he was also baptized and confirmed.  They farmed near Hayfield and later Zumbro Falls area.  Barbara died in 1976.  On July 29, 1978, he was united in marriage to Lucille Henslin.  She preceded him in death in 2022.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake City.  He enjoyed traveling around the country side, being around his family and attending family functions.

Erling is survived by his five children, Monica (Dan) Lee-Hall of Rochester, Gwen Lee of Stewartville, Jeff (Ruth) Lee of Lake City, Mike Lee of Zumbro Falls and Alex (Karin) Lee of Minneapolis; three step children, Gina Henslin, David (DeDe) Henslin and Darrell (Colleen) Henslin all of Rochester; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Barbara and Lucille; three sisters; four brothers and one great granddaughter.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2024, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake City with Reverend Nathan Cordes officiating.  Burial will at the St. John’s Cemetery.  Visitation will be for one-hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to St. John's Lutheran Pastoral Ministry Fund.  Online condolences may be sent to  Arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel.

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