Andrew "Andy" Lee, Brainerd, went to be with the Lord at the age of 79 on Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, after a brief illness. A former resident of Richfield, Minn., he spent his last 10 years in Brainerd. He was born in Fykse, Norway, on April 12, 1928, and came to the United States when he was 20. Here he met his future bride, Elisabeth, also born in Norway. Andy was a businessman and an inventor. While working at a Standard Oil gas station, he invented the process of bending Formica for use in kitchen countertops. He started Top-Fab where he produced the modern kitchen countertop and Hypaco which manufactured countertop assembly machinery. Later, he started Lee Machines and Briquetting Marketing Services Inc. BMSI reflected his passion to find a way of turning waste into energy through high compression densification of waste materials. Andy loved the out of doors and enjoyed spending time at his lake front cabin. In Brainerd, he was actively involved in the Sons of Norway and Trinity Lutheran Church. Ever an optimist, he always gave his signature response, "Never been better!" when asked "How are you, Andy?" His deep faith in the Lord Jesus carried him through the loss of his beloved wife in February 2000. Andy's children, Steinar (Jocelyn) Lee, Sonja (Bart) Knight, Bjarne (Bonnie) Lee; grandchildren, Drew and Kathryn Knight, Eric Lee; and his brother, Guttorm (Margot) Fykse, Oslo, Norway, will forever cherish his love and dedication to them.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor David Holte officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, MN 56401. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15).
Arrangements will be with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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