Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lee Brelsford Ives

Kenosha – Lee Brelsford Ives, born in Hancock, MI, on August 28, 1912, to Lee Emmett Ives and Florence (Scott) Ives, passed away on September 25, 2008, at Grande Prairie Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by a son, Lee D. Ives of Mundelein, IL; three daughters, Susan J. Burns of Hudson, WI, Sallie (William) Gravedoni-Pritchard of Pleasant Prairie, WI, and Florence (James) Ball of Brooklyn Park, MN; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Vivien Ives of Kerrville, TX, and a sister-in-law, Helga Ives of Youngstown, OH.

Lee was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jane G.B. Poole; two brothers, David and Harry Ives; two sisters, Jean Ives and Edith Archibald; one granddaughter, Mary Sue Gravedoni.

Lee was engaged in the mining accounting profession, starting in 1934 through 1941 in Helena, Montana, in gold, silver, lead and zinc operations. He served on the Taxation Committee of the Montana Mining Association for several years. The remaining 36 years were in iron ore operations in Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota, where he retired in 1977 as controller and part owner of the Eveleth Taconite Company in northern Minnesota, a Ford Motor Company operation, managed by Oglebay, Norton Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. After 24 years of retirement in Morehead City, North Carolina, he moved to Wisconsin, where he spent the remaining years with his son-in-law and daughter, William and Sallie Pritchard, in Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie.

He was a member of Mesaba Lodge 225, Scottish Rite, Valley of Hibbing 14th Degree, Valley of Duluth 32nd Degree and Aad Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Duluth, MN. He was a member of American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State and a member of the U.S. Golf Assn.

Lee was an avid golfer. In 1994, at the age of 81, he was written up in Golfers Digest Magazine for playing the 18-hole Morehead City Country Club course in 79 strokes. He also shot a hole in one at the age of 80. In addition he was a great pool player. Another of his hobbies was his computer, which he self taught the use of, at the age of 85.

No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Cancer Center Fund, Inc., at 1700 West Highway 36, Suite 120, Roseville, MN 55113. In keeping with Lee’s wishes, he will be taken to North Carolina after cremation and his ashes will be spread in the Atlantic Ocean in the exact same spot of his late wife, Jane.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

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