In loving memory of

Steven Lee
February 22, 1957 - May 29, 2019

Steven W. Lee, 62, of Rushford, MN died on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home with his family at his side.
Steven Wayne Lee was born on February 22, 1957, in Lanesboro, MN to Lyle and Alice (Hallum) Lee. He was raised in the Peterson, MN area and was a 1975 graduate of Peterson High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1999 when he retired to Rushford. Steven met J. Rose when he was in the Air Force. They were united in marriage on January 13, 1992 in Mesa AZ. Steven was a huge bicycle enthusiast who lived his life to the fullest. He had a fabulous, colorful sense of humor that only the people closest to him were able to experience. Steven was a friend to all and would help anyone in need. He enjoyed hunting and was a gun enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; mother, Alice Lee of Peterson; children: Michelle (Matthew) Flaby of Wykoff, MN, Amanda (Dan Andrus) Lee of Baraboo, WI, Brandon Lee of Rushford, Allyson (Kevin) Christian of Rushford, and a German exchange student who Steve considered his daughter, Bodil (Ole) Ipsen; twelve grandchildren: Maryiah, MaKayla, Tylar, Jordan, Taylor, Hunter, Holden, Annabelle, Finn, Stine, Marit and Lotta; three great-grandchildren: Lincoln, Daxxon, and Stella; three siblings: Ardell (Andrea) Lee of Rushford, Joanne (Keith) Pederson and Jeff Lee, both of Peterson and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Steven was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials are preferred to the family so that they can purchase a memorial bench in Steven's memory.
There will be a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, MN. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford.
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Kim wrote on Jun 6, 2019:

"One of the best things I loved to watch was his love for Rose. Their sense of humor with each other was always a joy to watch! I was friends with Rose first but soon became his friend as he always welcomed everyone with openness and kindness."

Bodil Ipsen wrote on Jun 2, 2019:

"About 20 years ago I had a pretty hard time living in the US. At that time Steve was there for me, he took me in like a daughter and helped me cope with all the problems. He was there for me, no mater what. The Lees household was a shelter and Rose and Steve gave me all the confidence and strength I needed back then. I will forever be greatful for that. I?m so glad Steve came over to visit in 2017. Thank you, I will always love you Steve Du musst gehen aus diesem Leben Und deine Reise endet hier. So vieles durftest du mir geben, es lebt jetzt weiter - ganz in mir."

Rose Lee wrote on Jun 1, 2019:

"My sweetheart Steven. You are and will always be the love of my life! Our time together here ended way too soon but one day we will be together again in our Lord?s Kingdom. Until that time know how very loved you are! Thank you for loving me and making my world complete! Amazing how right through our last day you could always make me laugh! I love you!"

Michael Lee wrote on Jun 1, 2019:

"There will never be another one like Steve,definitely one of a kind where God broke the mold when he placed him on earth to brighten everyones life he came in contact with. So happy we had him in our lives,he will be greatly missed,but his memories will always be with us."

Nancy Schrecengost wrote on May 31, 2019:

"My husband, retired CMSgt John Schrecengost, & I, retired MSgt Nancy Schrecengost, would like to extend our condolences & gratitude for Steve's honorable service. I was stationed with "TSgt Lee" at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE mid 90s. I don't think I ever saw Steve without a smile on his face or cracking a joke. May you rest in peace, brother! It was an honor serving with you. You will be missed."

Michelle flaby wrote on May 31, 2019:

"Dad you were the most amazing, witty, smartass fun loving and the most incredible dad a girl could ask for! I cant believe your gone but I know your no longer suffering and in pain! We had the greatest memories and I am so honored to have been able to take you on your last hunt this last deer season! You were a great hunter..I got that from you! It's your time to fly high and watch over all of us..your in a better place and one day I will see you again. I love you to the moon and back daddy you forever will be missed and forever loved by so many! Your one of a kind and truly and inspiration to all that knew you! Love your little darling! "

Pat Prinzing wrote on May 31, 2019:

"Steve was a great neighbor and good friend. I regret not keeping in touch through the years. When I enlisted in the military and he enlisted we just got apart. He was a wonderful person and his friends are many and loyal. My prayers were always for his healing and now he is forever with the Lord Jesus. Remember he is not dead just in a different place. God is not the God of the dead but the living. God Bless his family my prayers to you all."

Paul Michael Prinzing "Mike" wrote on May 31, 2019:

"Although Steve and I lost touch over the years I always remembered him as a close childhood friend right up to our high school years. We lived next door and we got in and out of trouble together from our youngest years on up. Loved him as a friend and personality that will not be replaced. I am comforted to know Steve accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and with Jesus...Death is gain. He is already with our Savior In heaven. Prayers to Steve, Steve's family and friends. RIP my friend! Paul "Michael" Prinzing "