Bernard A. Lee
Bernard A. “Bernie” Lee, age 90, of Avoca, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 at Avoca Specialty Care.
Bernie was born April 8, 1929, the eldest of nine children, in Ruthven, to the late Oscar A. and Ruth B. (Sampson) Lee. He graduated from Cylinder High School in 1947 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Bernie then attended Waldorf Junior College.
He married AnnJeanette O. Opdahl on Sept. 2, 1950 in Minnesota. He continued his education at Luther College and earned his degree from Mankato St. while raising five children, Aurora, Marcus, Forrest, Dana and Meredith.
Bernie worked for Pottawattamie County Conservation as a park officer at Arrowhead Park in Neola. He retired in 1992. Bernie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca and Avoca American Legion Post #227.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Jeanette Lee on Feb. 15, 2019; daughter, Aurora Jeanette Lee in 1967; one brother and three sisters.
Bernie is survived by his sons, Marcus (Carol) Lee of Jefferson, Forrest “Frosty” Lee of Stuttgart, Germany, Dana (Deb) Lee of Minneapolis, MN, Meredith “Tiger” (Connie) Lee of Avoca; 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; siblings, Jarrett (Jan) Lee of Tully, OK, Donna Mundus of Waukee, Wanda (James) Spiker of Oskaloosa, Jeanine (Mark) Lucy of Treynor; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca. A lunch will immediately follow in the parish hall. Visitation with the family one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Internment at a later date in Conger, MN.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Neola Fire & Rescue Department.