Lee J. Spelbrink
EAGAN – Lee J. Spelbrink, 66, of Eagan, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at The Lodge on Summit Oaks Hospice Care in Burnsville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 16, at St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church in Eagan with Father Tim Wozniak celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, MN.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Home in Eagan and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.klecatskys.com.
Lee is survived by his father, Richard Spelbrink; wife, Mary (Vanderpoel) Spelbrink; sons, Jesse (Kristin) Spelbrink and Joshua Spelbrink; daughter, Laura Spelbrink; first wife and good friend, Jolene Spelbrink; one granddaughter, Josette and one grand dog, Jordy. Preceded in death by mother, Dorothy (Dot) and sister Ricki Thompson.
Lee J. Spelbrink was born April 5, 1948 in New Ulm to Richard and Dorothy (Schleuder) Spelbrink and moved to Mankato at a young age.
Lee graduated from Mankato West High School in 1966. His first job was working in his family’s clothing store (Spelbrink’s Clothing) in Mankato. He was a 1970 University of Minnesota graduate and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Alexander Grant & Company (now Grant Thornton); Napco Industries; American Agco; Sportsman’s Guide, and State of Minnesota – Department of Commerce, where he retired in December 2013.
Lee was proud of his German heritage. He was known for his extreme patriotism. He loved sports of all kinds (especially the Green Bay Packers), fishing, travel, German food and wine, and couponing. Lee was known for volunteering his professional expertise helping his community, by keeping the books for Eastview Athletic Association and helping family and friends prepare annual income tax returns. He was quietly very generous with his time, traveling several hours many or most weekends to care for his elderly parents; he also delivered Meals on Wheels.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.