Lawrence “Nick” Lee, 90, of Knife River died Sunday July 3, 2016 at his home.
He was born on September 9, 1925 to Christ and Mary (Elj) Lee in Knife River, where he was a lifelong resident of the same home. During World War II Lawrence served in the Army in Europe. Returning to Knife River, he fished commercially with his father until his employment as a heavy equipment operator for Zenith Dredge Co. for several years and later Arrowhead Blacktop until his retirement. He was a jack of all trades, kept busy tinkering and enjoyed life, especially teasing his nieces.
Lawrence was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Loyal of Moose, and the Operating Engineers Local #49.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Kevin and Brian Lee; brothers, Ole and Walter Lee; sisters, Celia Hanson, Elsie DeLong, and Ella Larson; and nephew, Ken Hanson.
Lawrence is survived by his nephews, Jim (Pat) Hanson, Robert “Butch” Lee, and Christopher (Jane) Lee; nieces, Sue (Delbert) Hubbartt, Ella (Lyle) Jackson, Annette (Curtis) Hammitt, Ione Cardinal, Marie “Bunny” Sautbine, Cathy Wilde, and Lil Hanson; grandchildren, Tony (Christine) Sande, Carissa and Amber Lee; and many great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM Service Thursday July 7, 2016 at Knife River Lutheran Church in Knife River. Burial will be 2PM in Lakeview Cemetery, Two Harbors.