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Sheldon Lee

May 12, 1941 — December 9, 2020

Sheldon P. Lee, age 79, of Fosston, MN, formerly of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Wednesday, December 9th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston with the Rev. Gordon Syverson officiating. Interment and military honors will be held at Trinity Free Lutheran Cemetery, rural McIntosh following the service. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Marine Honors Team and arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston. Messages of condolence may be shared at

Sheldon Pervin Lee was born on May 12, 1941, the youngest of eight children to parents Peder and Sophie (Mjovig) Lee in McIntosh, MN where he grew up and attended school.

He joined the U.S. Marines at age 17 and served from 1959 to 1962. He spent most of this time in San Diego, CA and Okinawa, Japan.

He married Nancy Lucille Pearson in 1967 in Minneapolis, MN and had three children. He worked as an iron worker and welder for most of his career.

Sheldon was a free spirit spending time traveling and working at various locations including Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and Greenland. He loved country and bluegrass music enjoying concerts throughout the United States, especially in Wyoming and Missouri. He could sing a tune to go along with any situation. He loved his children and never forgot a birthday. Sheldon will be remembered for his great sense of humor and quick-witted remarks.

He is survived by his daughters; Christine (Cory) Gerlach of Knoxville, TN and Kathy (Bruce) Richmond of Woodland Hills, CA.

Son; Craig Lee of Phoenix, AZ.

Four Grandchildren; Madison Gerlach, Olivia Gerlach, Ethan Richmond, and Zooey Richmond.

Sister-in-law; Clarice “Dolly” Lee of McIntosh, MN.

Many nieces and nephews including his special guardian angels Sandra Eck of Hibbing, MN, Mark (Joan) Lee of McIntosh, MN, Ernie (Nancy) Lee of St. Cloud, MN, Jeff (Sandy) Eck of Hibbing, MN and Greg (Connie) Eck of Trail, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Luverne, Bernt, Ernest, Harvey and Marvin Lee. Sisters Dagny Eck and Gyda Gullekson (who passed away on December 2, 2020), and brothers-in-law Ronald J. Eck and Lynn L. Gullekson.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Monday, August 9, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Carlin Funeral Home-Fosston

417 6th St NE, Fosston, MN 56542

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Graveside Service

Monday, August 9, 2021

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

Trinity Free Lutheran Cemetery

27262 315th St SE, McIntosh, MN 56556

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