Lee Alan Strand, age 72, of Montrose, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Buffalo Parkview Care Center.
He was born April 14, 1936, in Minneapolis, to Elmer “Doc” and Clarice (Weeks) Strand.
Lee spent his childhood in Minneapolis. At age 15, he was working as a carpenter.
Lee was married to Patricia Waresh Dec. 18, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa.
A golden glove boxer, Lee trained with his brother-in-law. At one time, he went to live with his aunts in Wisconsin and work on a farm.
He was multi-talented, and experienced many activities in his lifetime, including cutting ice, and working as a plumber, a tree trimmer, and a tree climber.
Lee worked for five years on the pipeline, and was employed at Obal Vault Company. He raised cows for a time, and he named each and every one of them.
These experiences had them living in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Montrose, Cokato, Bruno, Watertown, and back to Montrose.
Lee was a member of the Lions Club. He was also interested in horses; however, his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Lee is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia; children Debbie Dykhoff, Cindy (Randy) Chrast, Lynn (Tom) Quast, Melissa (Dean) Frederickson, and Rachel (Pat) Laven; grandchildren Holly, Leslie, Daniel, Jessica, Stephanie, Joseph, Lindsey, and Emma; and great-grandchildren Merisa, Lillian, Brandon, Lauren, Makaisa, Madelyn, Delanie, Bryson, Alexi, Brody, Jaden, and Jeremey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law Joseph Waresh; and grandson Robbie Hickman.
A memorial service took place Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, preceded by visitation from 4 to 7 p.m.
Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.