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James C. Lee

James C. Lee, age 71, of Minneapolis, formerly of Cokato, died Thursday, June 14, 2007.

He was born in 1935 in Cokato.

James attended Macalester College from 1953 to 1955, and received degrees from the University of Minnesota in education, journalism, and a master’s degree in history.

He worked for League of Cities, St. Paul Schools, and was director of public information and publications for the Minnesota Department of Education. James was elected to help lead the National School Public Relations Association, serving on its board from 1971-1974. He was also active in related organizations at state and national levels.

After his retirement in 1991, James was active in AARP and maintained interests in history classes and family history.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton (former owner of the Cokato Enterprise newspaper) and Elvira Lee.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruth; children, Gretchen (Steve) Robertson, John (Sandy Ness), Heather (Charlie) Jacoby, and Peter (Kim); grandchildren Elizabeth, Zachary, and Madeline Robertson; Michael, Ryan, and Christopher Lee; Alexis and Claire Jacoby, and Kiersten Lee; a sister, Mary (Ted) Pestel; brother-in-law Clem Engen; sister-in-law Ellie Holmquist; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening, June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis.

A memorial service will take place Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred to Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.

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