Charles R. Lee

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Charles R. Lee


Charles R. Lee, 86, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at West Bridge Care and Rehab in Winterset.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church where a reception will be held immediately following. A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 at Ochiltree Funeral Service, where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Winterset and online condolences may be made to the family at

Charles Robert Lee was born November 13, 1927 in Winterset, Iowa to Chris and Mary (Burd) Lee. He graduated from Winterset High School in 1945 and later served in the United States Navy. He married Geraldine Howell on December 24, 1948 at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Following graduation, he attended linotype school in Charles City, Iowa, learning the printing trade. Charles was a printer all of his career. He first worked for the Winterset Madisonian and then Meredith in Des Moines, which was later purchased by R. R. Donnelly, where he retired in 1989 after a 45-year career. In addition to his printing work, Charles also farmed.

He was an active, longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Winterset. Charles loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. His kids also recall that he enjoyed playing the harmonica and drawing sketches. Charles loved nothing more than the joy he received from being with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine "Jeri" Lee; his three children, Beccy (Steve) Hartman, Randy (Barb) Lee, and Teri (John) Gambrall all of Winterset; his sister, Rose Anne (Dean) Meisenheimer of Greenfield; ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren, 17 step great-grandchildren; extended family and a host of friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents.


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Ochiltree Funeral Service & Aftercare
1823 N. John Wayne Dr.
Winterset, IA 50273
(515) 462-4080
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Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 31, 2014
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