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Loren Lee 1925–2019 Northfield—Loren Lee, age 94 of Northfield, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2019, at Reflections on the Three Links Campus. Loren was born January 22, 1925, in Roland, Iowa to Arthur Ophelias Lee and Aria Scarvie. A farm boy who never liked to farm, weed, cultivate or harvest. Loren figured out early there had to be a better way. He excelled in Scandinavia, Wisconsin High School as an athlete, reporter, and student with his father looking over his shoulder as Principal. He did have a stronger mind than back and became a journalist, then route salesman, then, after telling his boss "he didn't know how to run a business", belatedly realized he had to feed his only son, and wife. He took a job selling 7-Up products as a route salesman in Rochester, Minnesota, then windows for Pella Products in Minneapolis, MN which he did for several decades. Drafted into the Army Aircorp (predecessor to the Air Force) where he was a crew member on a B-24 during World War Two in Europe. Like his father before him (WWI) and true Norwegians, he didn't say much about this experience. Loren found the life he lived and loved: father, grandfather, great-grandfather, athlete, and most importantly, husband to Christine Murdock Lee. He was the only non-Academic in the family: older sister Madelyn (Larson) received her Masters degree in Library Science (long before women were " allowed in" (much less welcomed), Dr. Arthur Lee (History and baseball player), and Dr. Robert Lee (Music) who started out as a traveling jazz musician. Loren's father, A.O. Lee who was a College President at one time married his childhood sweetheart, Ms. Arla Scarvie, an artist and grand homemaker, both deaf and blind, who always had a benevolent and grateful smile on her lovely and welcoming face. Unlike most Norwegians, he found his wife while she was leading the Deborah, Iowa High School Band as a Drum Majorette. Loren elbowed his friend at this parade and stated he was going to marry that girl. After several dates labeled "Double Dime Dingers" he did just that. Four children followed: Gregory, Heather (Hansen), Tammy (Holm), and Jody Lee. Like a friend of mine said of his father after he had passed (also a salesman) of "The Greatest Generation", he went to work on Monday morning, saw what needed to be done, and he handled it, no matter his desires or wishes. They took care of their families! Just as if he was at the plate in a ball game when thrown a curve, he handled it with equanimity, all part of the game! Disappointment, challenges and success were met the same way: a smile, and a heart filled with gratitude everyday. He was a man to emulate: a living example of integrity and joy. Loren adjusted, dusted himself off, and kept going! A service to celebrate Loren's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield. Military Honors and a luncheon will follow. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. northfieldfuneral.com

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