AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Lee G. Magnuson of Mora, died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at St. Clare’s Living Community of Mora. He was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 5-7 pm on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
INURNMENT will be in Oakwood cemetery in Mora.
Lee Gordon Magnuson of Mora, was born on August 9th, 1931 in Minneapolis to Levi and Christina (Thomsen) Magnuson and passed away on August 4th, 2019 just 5 days before celebrating his 88th birthday.
Lee 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 2 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, Lee married Ruth Ella Moore, his high school sweetheart on October 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 8th, 1955.
Lee 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 Minnesota. 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 4 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.
Lee and Ruth lived on the family farm until they moved to the St. Claire Living Community due to Ruth’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 grandchildren!; his sister Sandra “Sandie” (Roger) Laudenbach; sister-in-law Sylvia Faylor; brother-in-law Ellzy Moore; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.