Duane Michael Lee, age 84, of Plainview, hit the road on his final journey in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2019. He was born July 31, 1935, in rural Kellogg, to Michael and Catherine (Marking) Lee. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1953. He worked on his family's farm and would drive to the Graff family farm in Montana to help out before entering the Army in 1957.
Duane served at Brooke Army Medical Center/Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He married Eileen M. in 1959 in Texas. He was honorably discharged and they returned to live and work in Winona.
In 1962, they moved to California, where he worked for many years for Double "J" Packaging Co. They lived in Burbank and raised two daughters, and later divorced. He made multiple trips between California and Minnesota before permanently moving back to Minnesota in 1991, where he met his longtime partner Maxine Sims.
Duane was employed by ABA Water Systems and also ran a successful handyman business with Maxine, along with making and selling various woodworking and craft items. He could repair just about anything. He loved the open road and exploring the United States in his motor home. He enjoyed living in California, riding his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, watching westerns and listening to country music. He was beloved by all of his family and will be greatly missed.
Duane is survived by daughters, Cheryl (Joe) Kaid and Cindy (David) McClure; sister, Janice (Edgar) Hansgen; and two brothers, Gary (Joan) Lee and Larry (Terry) Lee; life partner, Maxine Sims, and her children Bill (Sonja Stevens) Sims, Shannan Stoltz, Mark (Chris) Sims and Angela (Bob) Howaniec; grandchildren, Justin, Nick, Jessica, Graham, Brittany, Jared, Nathan, Gabrielle, Nick, Eddie, Raegan and John; great-grandchildren, Kenzington and Marleigh; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Don; and sister, Marlene.
There will be a Celebration of Life from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Plainview American Legion.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 Third St. SW, Plainview, MN 55964; schadandzabelfuneralhomes.com.