July 11, 2013


Richard "Dick" Lees, 73, of Carroll, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his residence in Carroll following a battle with cancer.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence choir, with Sherry Loughran as song leader. Lectors for the Mass will be Richard's grandchildren, Jack Hummel and Mary Kate Hummel. Gift bearers will be Richard's grandchildren Maggie Hummel, Molly Hummel, Anna Kopf, Madeline Kopf and Sarah Kopf. Eucharistic ministers will be Lou Pottebaum, Jean Knobbe and Ann Christiansen. Casket bearers will be Bob MacCraw, Dick Heimer, Jack Ramaekers, Tom Willwerth, John Sjobakken and Greg Siemann. The Carroll American Legion will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at Carroll City Cemetery with military honors conducted by Offutt Air Force Base.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Friday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a Christian wake service by St. Lawrence Parish at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to St. Lawrence Church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when visitation will resume.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to New Hope Village or St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be left for Richard's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born March 27, 1940, Richard James was a son of Robert and Alberta (Willwerth) Lees. Richard grew up in Des Moines, graduating from Dowling Catholic High School. He graduated with a B.A. from Loras College and a master's of business administration from the University of Utah. On June 6, 1964, Richard married Jean Sjobakken in Dubuque.

Lt. Col. Lees was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served in Okinawa and Vietnam from 1968-1969 during which he received the Bronze Star. After returning from a four-year assignment in England, he served as deputy director for collections for the Strategic Reconnaissance Center at HQ Strategic Air Command in Bellevue, Neb. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he worked as a systems analyst for Science Applications International Corporation for 15 years.

In 2000 Dick and Jean moved to Carroll to be close to daughter Katherine at New Hope Village. In 2005 Dick was recipient of a heart transplant. Dick's personal philosophy was "God, family, country." He was an avid fan of Notre Dame football, the Green Bay Packers as well as motor sports and a train enthusiast. He was a much-beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many.

Left to celebrate his life is his wife of 49 years, Jean Lees of Carroll; daughters Jennifer Hummel and husband Jeff of St Louis, Mo.; Allison Kopf and husband Pat of Tampa, Fla.; and Katherine Lees of New Hope Village, Carroll; eight grandchildren; his in-laws, Sue (Lees) Iber of Des Moines; John (Jan) Sjobakken of Dubuque; and Jerry (Ruth) Sjobakken of Dubuque; as well as several nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alberta Lees; and brothers Rev. Terry Lees and Charles Lees.