Lee Arne Hemness died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at his home in rural Brook Park. He was 82 years old.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1937, in Pine River to parents Arne and Marion (Herfindal) Hemness. He grew up in Pine River and graduated from high school in 1955. At 18, he entered the United States Air Force, serving for four years. Upon his discharge from the military, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management.
He was united in marriage to Alma Stone on Oct. 20, 1962. They made their home in Mora where he spent his career as an area manager with the Department of Natural Resources. After his retirement in 2001, he enjoyed having coffee and visiting with friends. He loved his children and was so proud of his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alma; and sister, Barbara Williams.
He is survived by children, Shelly (Mike) Wallen of Big Lake and Kraig (Ginny) Hemness of Schafer; siblings, Ione Cromett, Kathleen Hemness and Michael Hemness; grandchildren, Kevin Hemness of Raleigh, North Carolina, Andy (Leah) Wallen of Becker and Emily Wallen of Big Lake. He was great-grandpa to Norah and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are handled by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com