Lee Edwin Denny, 90, of Staples, formally of Verndale, passed away May 29, 2018 at Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples after a courageous 16-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Verndale Alliance Church. A “Time of Sharing” will begin at 6:00 p.m. Military honors provided by Elmer Goche post 3922, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadena.
Private burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Verndale.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena.
Lee was born on July 9, 1927 to Paul and Daphne (Snow) Denny in Wadena. Lee attended Verndale Public Schools until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. Stationed in Washington state, Lee found a passion for the game of baseball and after his discharge in 1947, he continued his baseball career playing for the Verndale Bison. He married Donna Coleman on March 30, 1951. Throughout his career as a third baseman, he was fortunate enough to play alongside his four sons. Lee had the privilege of being inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976
Lee was employed as a Holsum Bread Truck driver for 33 years and worked for Ernie’s Foods in his retirement. He was a member of the Verndale Christian Missionary Alliance. Lee enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, shaking dice with his buddies and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
Lee is survived by his wife of 67 years; four sons Rick (Brenda) Denny of Colorado Springs, CO, Ronnie (Robin) Denny of St. Cloud, Roger (Candy) Denny of Crystal and Randy (Juli) Denny of Shoreview; one daughter, Shari (Brad) Schmidt of Fort Worth, TX; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many relatives and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bently Conn.