Obituary for Franklin Lee

Franklin Lee, age 75 of Northfield, passed away at his home in Northfield on Monday evening, June 12, 2017. Lloyd Franklin Lee was born January 10, 1942, in Laurens, South Carolina, to Benjamin Franklin and Gladys (Deitz) Lee. He lived with his family in various communities in South Carolina as well as Blackstone, Virginia. In 1959, Franklin graduated from Anderson Boys High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Shortly after graduation he joined the US Navy and attended two Navy specialty schools. He was assigned to the staff Commander of the 6th fleet. He served in Villefranche, France, and upon his […]

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Franklin Lee, age 75 of Northfield, passed away at his home in Northfield on Monday evening, June 12, 2017.

Lloyd Franklin Lee was born January 10, 1942, in Laurens, South Carolina, to Benjamin Franklin and Gladys (Deitz) Lee. He lived with his family in various communities in South Carolina as well as Blackstone, Virginia. In 1959, Franklin graduated from Anderson Boys High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Shortly after graduation he joined the US Navy and attended two Navy specialty schools. He was assigned to the staff Commander of the 6th fleet. He served in Villefranche, France, and upon his honorable discharge in 1963, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Loop Jr. College and received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

While living in Chicago, Franklin met Bette Post from Zumbrota, Minnesota. They married the following year on August 1, 1964. While living in Chicago their daughter Heather was born. Franklin and family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where their son Adam was born. In 1975, they moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where their son Joshua was born. In 1977, they moved to Churubusco, Indiana, when they lived for 11 years. Their last move was to Northfield. During his working career Franklin was a salesman.

Franklin was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he sang in the church choir. He was a longtime active member, Hiram Award winner, corn dog purveyor, and past Master of Social Lodge #48. He was a former member of Northfield Sertoma and the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and for 11 years he was Clue Master for the DJJD’s Horseshoe Hunt. Franklin and Bette are well known and loved in their neighborhood – hosting the annual First Street Parade on the 4th of July. He enjoyed wood working, golf, reading and music. Franklin was fun loving, had a great sense of humor and loved people. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Bette; his children, Heather Payne of Northfield, Adam of Denver, Joshua of Minneapolis; 6 grandchildren, Addison, Robert, Hunter, Max, Zoe and Ryan; 2 great-granddaughters, Amelia and Kaylee; his sister-in-law, Linda Lee of Anderson, South Carolina; his brother-in-law, Robert (Karin) Post of Zumbrota; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Rachel Fredrickson, his brother Richard, his parents, his in-laws Robert and Sereana Post, and his brother-in-law Donald Post.

Memorial service 11:00AM, Friday, June 16, 2017, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Zumbrota Cemetery. Military Honors will follow the service. Visitation will be 4-7PM with a Masonic Service at 6:30PM on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

11:00 AM - June 16, 2017


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield
418 Sumner St E Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

4:00 PM - June 15, 2017

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions
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