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Lee Featherstone Rowland, 88

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Lee Featherstone Rowland, of Richfield, Minn., formerly a long time Red Wing resident, passed away at the age of 88, on Sept. 21.

He was born in Windom, Minn., to Lee W. and Ethel Featherstone Rowland. The family moved to Red Wing in 1929. Lee served in the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific during World War II from 1943-1946. He married the love of his life, Ferne Stumpf, at First United Methodist Church in 1947. They loved dancing, traveling, playing cards with friends, and spending time with family. Together, with the help of family and friends, they remodeled the former Troutbrook Schoolhouse to a make a home for their family. Lee shared his enjoyment of feeding and watching birds with his children. He was active in the First United Methodist Church, where he ushered for forty years and served on the Board of Trustees and other committees.

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Lee was employed by Northwestern Bell for thirty-six years, retiring in 1984. Following retirement, Ferne and Lee enjoyed wintering in Green Valley, Arizona. Lee was a member of the Masons, American Legion, and Telephone Pioneers. He served as president of the local ARC chapter and was a member of the committee that developed the local fore-runner of Pro-Act, the nonprofit agency that provides job training and sheltered employment. In retirement, Lee enjoyed wood carving, golfing, driving cancer patients to appointments, installing LifeLine equipment, traveling, visiting with friends and family, and having the time to read the daily newspaper.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; sister Harriet Haycock; and daughter-in-law Dona Rowland.

Lee is survived by his wife Ferne; sister Phyllis Matz of Minneapolis; daughter Kathryn and husband Winston Cahill of Richfield; son Blaine and wife Nancy of St. Paul; daughter Peggy of Red Wing; and son Randy and his daughter Julia of Eden Prairie; grand-daughter Leigh and husband Keith Grauman of Minneapolis; and great-grandson Jack.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at First United Methodist Church. Visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Private burial at Hope Cemetery.

Memorials to First United Methodist Church, Hope Cemetery, or Pro-Act.

Lee left a rich legacy of love of the outdoors, love of family, and service to others.

Arrangements by Cremations Society of MN, Inc. 952-924-4100.

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