Irene Frances Lee died March 31, 2006 at the Hospice Care Clinic in Payson, following an eight-month battle with cancer.
Mrs. Lee was born Jan. 29, 1923, the daughter of Ulrich and Anna (Lubben) Kock on the family farm near Le Mars, Iowa. In 1946, she married George Lee. They made their home in Le Mars where Irene was a homemaker.
Mrs. Lee and her husband owned and operated the Dew Drop Inn bar in Le Mars for many years. After retiring, they bought a small resort on Long Lake near Park Rapids, Minn., which they ran for 25 years. Mr. Lee died in 1964 and Irene continued to run the resort until she retired and moved back to Le Mars. In 1996, she moved to Mesa, where she worked for Wal-Mart for six years. She moved to Payson in January 2006.
Irene is survived by two brothers, John (Ilse) Nagel of Huntsville, Ala., and Clarence (Gladys) Kock of Le Mars; two sisters: Marie Janssen of Willmar, Minn. and Margaret Pecks of Le Mars; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gerhard Kock and Harm Kock; three nieces: Betty Fisher, Rosemary Johnson and Barbara Powell; two brothers-in-law: William Janssen and Bernard Pecks; and two sisters-in-law: Kathrine Kock and Nora Kock.
A gravesite memorial service will be held at a later date.