Leighton (Lee) Willard Dahlquist, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
Lee was born March 11, 1933, in Starbuck, the son of Eugene and Olive (Swenhaugen) Dahlquist. He was baptized and confirmed at the Minnewaska Lutheran Church in Starbuck.
He graduated from Starbuck High School in 1951.
Lee enlisted in the United States Air Force, and after four years, he was honorably discharged in 1955.
Lee married Maxine Kirkwold in 1957. They built a home in Richfield and had two girls. Lee worked for the US Postal Service in Minneapolis until he started at the Richfield Police Department in 1959. He retired in 1979.
Lee married Marilyn Norling in 1984, and moved to a hobby farm in Kingston.
Lee was a member of the American Legion Post 209 of Cokato, and the Lions Club of Kingston. He served on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato’s church board and was a longtime head usher. He also served on the board of directors of the Cokato Historical Society.
Lee also worked for the Dingmann Funeral Home and Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home. He was an auctioneer during different times throughout his life, and volunteered at special events.
Lee was best known during his later years as the “Pie Boy.” He delivered pies for Carlson Apple Orchard around the Cokato area, and to his friends in nearby towns.
Lee loved to play basketball, watch sports, and collect license plates and collectible cars. He enjoyed camping, volunteering, and having fun.
Lee and Marilyn enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the casino, where he got the nickname, “Lucky Lee.” It was there that they met many new people, which grew into friendships.
Lee is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Cokato; children Kathryn (Ken) Beckers, Karen (Steve) Miller, Randall (Maria) Wegner, Robert Wegner, and Lori Wegner; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lee’s funeral service took place Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato at 10 a.m., with gathering of family and friends beginning at 8:30 a.m. Interment was at Fort Snelling Monday, Aug. 27.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato & Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.