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Rev. Theodore M. Lee, 88

Rev. Theodore M. Lee, age 88, of Cokato, entered eternal rest Friday, May 28, 2010.

Pastor Lee attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and received his divinity degree from Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island, IL May 31, 1948. He was ordained June 13, 1948.

Theodore was joined in holy matrimony to Bernice Axelson June 23, 1948. He served multi-parishes in four Minnesota locations; Bruno, Williams, Garfield, and Cokato.

Pastor Lee also served in other ways, being employed at Northland Canning and driving bus for Dassel-Cokato schools. He volunteered his time driving for Wright County, and corralled Target shopping carts during his wait time for dialysis patients.

Promoting charity bike-a-thons, taking bike trips with son Peter, and early morning swims in Swan Lake and Lake Henry were also enjoyed.

Pastor Lee’s delights included hauling milk, baling hay, splitting wood and lawn mowing to help neighbors. These were replaced by pushing wheelchair residents at Cokato Manor, with a smile of reassurance, in his later years.

Skip-bo, board games, Ole and Lena jokes, and word finds became his recreation, as was his signature bird, “Cheepy,” which appeared on his greeting cards throughout the years.

Pastor Lee retired from the ministry in 1988, living in rural Annandale until the death of his wife, Bernice in 2004.

In addition to his wife, Pastor Lee was preceded in death by his mother, Alma; father Martin; and only sibling, Rosie.

Ted (as he later was called) is survived by his five children: David (Karen) of Lake Nebagamon, WI, Karen (Chuck) Ortquist, Philip (Marion), all of Cokato, Daniel (Sharon) of Chisago City, and Peter (Paulette) of Grove City; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Lee was a trustworthy, thoughtful servant – not only in word, but mainly in deed. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral service took place Thursday, June 3 at North Crow Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with interment following at the North Crow Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.