LeRoy “Lee” Stratman, 78, originally from Shelby, passed away Monday, July 2nd, 2021, in Minneapolis, MN.
Lee was born in 1943, to Cecilia (née Heitman) and Joseph Stratman. Lee lived in Shelby until 1977, when he moved with his wife, Angela (née Robertson), and their two children to Zimmerman, MN in search of better work. He lived there until the late 90s when, after the premature death of his wife due to breast cancer, he retired and moved back to Shelby. In 2014, as he was getting older, he went back to Minnesota to be closer to his children.
Lee was a 1963 graduate of Shelby High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. As a proud member of the Teamsters, he worked for Superior Dairy Fresh (now Land O’ Lakes) in St. Paul, MN for 17 years as a truck driver.
Lee was known for his friendly nature and devotion to family. He was quick with a joke and a hug whenever you needed one. Through all his health issues later in life, he remained positive and always grateful for what he had.
Lee was a crossword puzzle wizard, vintage car buff and music fan. He loved to go out for breakfast with friends and family, to tell stories and laugh. He was a kind and generous person, always willing to help someone in need. He loved watching movies and had the cable bill to prove it.
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; wife; and siblings, William, Harry, Sylvia, Sylvester, Donald, Lorraine, Marion, Robert, Margaret, Gerald and Doreen. He is survived by a daughter and her spouse, Monica and Scott Stross; a son, Jeffrey and his children, Markus and Helena Stratman; two sisters, LaVerne Parker and Leona Penberthy; many beloved nieces and nephews.
There will be a graveside service at 10AM, on Monday, August 9th, 2021, at Mountain View Cemetery in Shelby. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to the Alibi Lounge for food, drinks, and some great stories.
The Stratman Family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Minneapolis VA Hospital for their professional, competent, and compassionate care for veterans.
In lieu of cards or flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity or local youth sports organization.