Elmer Melvin Lee, age 80, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Elmer was born in LaCrosse on November 2, 1940, to the late Elmer Lee, Sr. and Isabelle (Hinkel) and Orlow Johnson. Elmer was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Katherine Breuch at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Westport on June 3,1967 and resided in Westport recently moving to Pardeeville. Elmer was employed at Medalist Forming Systems and retired in 1990. He was a member of the American Legion Post 481, Westport and the VFW Day Post 7591, Cottage Grove.
Elmer enjoyed bowling, once achieving a 300 game, boating, fishing, and deer hunting. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his children: son, Nicholas (Tracie) Lee; three daughters, Theresa (Tim) Markley, Christine (Ron Lee) Lee, and Lisa (David Jenkins) Lee; grandchildren, Olivia (Jesse) Coffey, Jadyn Lee, Kristopher (Ashlynn) Watson, and Jessica (Fiancé John Price) Watson, Chelsie (Joe) Saulys, Austin Nygaard, Dillon (Kaytee Sullivan) Nygaard, Emilee (David) Whitlock, and Jackson Schroud; great-grandchildren, Hannah Walton, Kynzlee Babb, Aiden Price, and Lorenzo Watson, Noah and Isabella Saulys, Natallia and Remington Whitlock, and Baby Coffey (coming in February, 2022); special granddaughter, Kathryn Paulus; special great-granddaughter, Sabrina Taube; sisters-in-law, Mary Jean (Steve) Kearney, Joanne (James) Haug, Mary Lou and Leona Breuch; brothers-in-law, Nicholas Breuch and Ronnie Herbst; several nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Bear.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Katherine (2018), sister Rose Herbst, sister-in-law, Karen Machkovich, and brothers-in-law, William, Norbert, and Joe Breuch.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2021, at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, 209 South St, Waunakee, WI 53597. A Celebration of Elmer's life will follow on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 481, 5337 River Rd, Waunakee, WI 53597.
YOU NEVER SAID GOODBYE
You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.
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Published by Winn-Cress Funeral & Cremation Services - Waunakee on Oct. 22, 2021.