Lee D. Hogle, 88, of Ames, formerly of Conrad, passed away on Saturday, June 27th at the Israel Family Hospice Home in Ames, following a lengthy battle with cancer. A drive-by visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2nd from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the family farm at 28818 E Avenue, Conrad, IA. Tractors are encouraged! A private burial will be held at the Sheller Cemetery and the memorial service for Lee will be held on Friday, July 3rd at 11:00 AM at the Ivester Church of the Brethren in rural Grundy Center. The family encourages those in attendance to practice social distancing and wear a mask, if they choose. Memorials may be directed to the family, where they will donate to an organization of their choice at a later time. Cards may be mailed to Lee’s wife, Donna at 3305 Stange Rd., Apt. 105, Ames, IA 50010. Memories and messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Lee was born on January 23, 1932, in Eldora, Iowa, to his parents Harold & Cynthia (Draper) Hogle. A lifelong Eldora & Ivester area resident, Lee attended school in Whitten and later graduated from Conrad High School. After high school, he went on to study biology at McPherson College in Kansas. He then went on to enlist in the United States Army, where he was honorably discharged from. During his time in the military, Lee was united in marriage to the love of his life, Donna Wagoner. They married at Panther Creek Church in Adel, IA. The couple were blessed with 4 sons and a daughter. Lee worked as a farmer on his family’s farm in Conrad, where he retired from after many years of long, hard work.
In his spare time, Lee was an outdoorsman; he took many canoe trips to the Boundary Waters on the Canadian border. Lee also loved to mow lawns and was affectionately known as “Lawnmower Lee”. He enjoyed reading, watching outdoor and animal shows but what brought much joy to Lee was woodcarving and woodworking; he had a true talent in it, and has many projects showcasing his beautiful work. Lee enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived a wonderful 88 years but will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Lee is survived by his loving wife Donna of Ames; sons Gary (Barb) of Fort Wayne, IN, Ken (Tamberlyn) of Eldora, Bob (Sandy) of Conrad and Ed (Ann) of Ames and daughter Kay (Antroy) of Boston, MA; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Beverly Hogle. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Keith Hogle.