Lee Allen Struck, Age 66, of Hudson, died on May 18, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lee was born on February 19, 1948 in Havre, Montana to Lawrence and Eva (McNair) Struck. His formative years were spent in Rudyard, Montana until moving to Dunseith, North Dakota where he graduated from Dunseith High School in 1966.
After high school Lee attended college at Luther in Decorah, Iowa for three years before being drafted by the United States Army. He served in Korea and then returned to Luther College where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and Theology. During this time he married Patricia Law in 1972. They later divorced.
Lee moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a business analyst for ATT for 22 years. After 22 years in the corporate world Lee realized a dream and for 7 years spent time on stage pursuing an acting career. He appeared on stage at community theaters in Phoenix, Mesa, and Durango, Colorado.
Lee returned to a life of work and fun when he purchased a motor home traveling the upper Midwest as a yarn representative. He enjoyed meeting shop keepers from all over his region and developed a love affair with fibers.
Growing tired of the road, Lee settled in Hudson and became active in his church. His passion was mission work. He assisted in clean-up efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy; traveled to Haiti to help earthquake victims; worked on building projects in Jamaica; plus participated through Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson in taking two trips to Tanzania. Lee’s passion for mission formed deep friendships with those he served. In the weeks before his death Lee was putting plans together to serve with the Fuller Foundation on a building project in Kentucky.
Lee enjoyed music, reading, playing trumpet, theater and art. He had an impressive collection of books of all types. Lee was also a student of the Bible. He loved studying it and learning as much as he possibly could. Lee was a sports nut and enjoyed watching sports with the guys at the Cigar Shop in Hudson. He liked hockey, basketball, and especially baseball. His favorite baseball team was the Yankees and his favorite player Mickey Mantle. Lee was a regular at the local coffee shops; he could often be seen working on his laptop at Hudson Bagel.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Eva Struck. He is survived by his sisters Gwen (Clint) Dumas of Havre, Montana and Edith (Slater) Lampman of Hudson, Wisconsin; nieces Michelle Geyer of Denver, Colorado, Elizabeth Lampman of Portland, Oregon and Allison Lampman of Willmar, Minnesota; and nephew Michael Stevenson of Havre, Montana. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Through his travels and mission work Lee touched the lives of many. Upon news of his passing calls came in from all over the United States. From old high school buddies, to those he served with in Korea, from friends who traveled with Lee on his mission work to relatives; these were the relationships that Lee cherished. Lee and his tireless desire to serve will be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Downtown Hudson. Visitation will take palce one hour before the service at the church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.