GRAETTINGER -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lee Jespersen of Graettinger will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Burial is in St. Jacob's Catholic Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m., today, Thursday, at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger.
Leon "Lee" Earl Jespersen was born June 23, 1939 in Graettinger, the son of Helmer "Shorty" and Vivian (Wolf) Jespersen. He was a 1958 graduate of Graettinger High School, and he attended Estherville Junior College.
Lee worked in sales in the trucking and oil field equipment businesses most of his career. He started two businesses, one of them with his sons, Mark and Shane.
Lee was an avid golfer, and he played in the Florida Senior Amateur Tournament. He loved Denver Bronco's football and was a great player by his own right, earning All-American honors in 1958. He enjoyed baseball, skiing, figure skating and dancing. He was a fan of John Wayne, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. Lee was a great singer, and will be remembered by his rendition of "My Way".
Lee passed away on Monday, August 18 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 75.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Shane Jespersen (Carla), Mark Jespersen and Shanna Weber (Florian); a brother, Darrell Jespersen; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; and nephew, Mitchel Jespersen.