Lee Gordon Magnuson, of Mora, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 just five days before celebrating his 88th birthday.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1931 in Minneapolis to Levi and Christina (Thomsen) Magnuson.
He lived in Minneapolis, Milaca and Mora as he was growing up, attending high school in Mora. He left school just prior to graduation to join the Air Force, where he received his GED and two years of college while serving his country. He was very proud of his time in the service, the mechanical training he received and of being a member of the 450th Fighter Day Squadron (TAC).
While in the service, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ella Moore, his high school sweetheart, on Oct. 1, 1953, at the Foster Air Force Base Chapel. He received the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal during his service. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant on April 8, 1955.
He worked as an edger at the Severin Saw Mills prior to joining the Air Force. After the Air Force, he returned to his childhood home in Ford Township, Kanabec County. Once back in Mora, he enjoyed farming, working as the custodian at the Warman School for a few years prior to going to work at the “Plastics Factory.” It had many names during the time he worked there, and he held many titles until his retirement. He always had a joke to share, and as time passed the joke/punchline might change to fit the situation or his mood. He shared his love of fishing with his wife and four children, making many trips into Canada with family to vacation and fish for the big ones. Hunting was also a cherished past time with many stories being shared at family gatherings. He got his first big buck on the family farm when he was 13. These antlers can be seen in the floral arrangement around his urn.
The couple lived on the family farm until they moved to the St. Clare Living Community due to his wife’s failing health in September 2009.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents and stepfather, John Schnartz; and stepmother, Bernice Magnuson.
He is survived by his children, Rita (Rodney) Barnhart of Mora, James “Jim” (Kathy) Magnuson of Brook Park, Carol (Larry) Dutton of Mora, Dale (Laurie) Magnuson of Mora; many grandchildren, many many great-grandchildren, and many more great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Sandra “Sandie” (Roger) Laudenbach; sister-in-law, Sylvia Faylor; brother-in-law, Ellzy Moore; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The service of remembrance was held on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, Lee’s 88th birthday, at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rev. George Morris officiating. Inurnment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Arrangements were entrusted to the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Service of Mora.