Don Lee

Don Lee



Donald C. Lee, 62, of rural Hawkeye, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters in Oelwein.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at United Methodist Church in Hawkeye with Mona Christie, Lay Servant, officiating. 

Visitation was set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding the service at the church on Wednesday. 

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. 

Online condolences may be left at

Donald Cletus, son of Donald and Eileen (Fettkether) Lee, was born Feb. 14, 1956, at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. 

He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith.

Donald received his early education in the Oelwein schools prior to graduating from North High School, and he would continue his education in Auto Tech at Area 1 (now known as N.I.C.C.) in Calmar. 

On July 10, 1976, he was united in marriage with Lynn McIntyre at United Methodist Church in Hawkeye. To this union three children were born, Tara, Annie, and Kensey.

Donald worked at Paul Niemann Construction in Sumner, Purina Mills in Oelwein, and for the last 10 years was the Maintenance Supervisor at International Ingredient Corporation in Oelwein. 

He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye. 

Donald had a strong work ethic and enjoyed being able to make things work. He also enjoyed his pets, old tractors, Ford Mustangs, attending demolition derbies and antique power shows, but most especially enjoyed time with his family and grandchildren.

Donald is survived by his wife, Lynn, of Hawkeye; three children, Tara (Chad) Thompson of Sumner and their children Paige and Owen, Annie (Travis) Lamphier of West Union and their daughter, Kora, and Kensey of Hawkeye and his daughter, Keira; his mother, Eileen Lee, of Hawkeye; two brothers, Delbert (Toni) Lee of Oran and Darrell (Rhonda) Lee of West Union and their children, Brianna Lee of Rochester, Carissa Lee, and Dillon Lee, both of West Union; a sister, Eileen (Gary) Schlawin of Elgin and their children, Hunter and Carter Schlawin of Elgin, and Dustin Schlawin of Guttenberg, and Dustin’s daughter Amber; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, LaFonda and Wally McIntyre, of Hawkeye; a sister-in-law, Lori (Brad) Halverson and their son, Ty Halverson, all of Hawkeye; Marvin Lee of Oklahoma and Shirley Lee of Tripoli; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and his two pets, Relly and Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; two brothers, David and Darwin, who died in infancy; and one brother-in-law, Kenn McIntyre.                 40u40

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