Craig Douglas Lees

CRAIG D. LEES, Beloved husband of Ramona (Brockman) Lees, Craig passed away unexpectedly at age 60 on Saturday, May 23. Craig was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, but spending all his summers in Round Lake, Minnesota, one of his most favorite places on this earth. He was a Golden Eagle, graduating from Aberdeen Central High School. When Craig was young, he loved boating, water skiing, bowling, and was an amazing chef! He loved spending time at his family's lake cabin with his two favorite cousins Jane and Karen, and Uncle Jim in Round Lake. In the 90’s, Craig was in Wisconsin for work, where he met his wife and companion of 26 years, Ramona Brockman. Craig was a carpenter and loved building anything and everything. He also loved to point out anything that was not built correctly! Craig was an extremely generous person with his time and expertise and spent many years teaching others how to bowl, helping others with new construction and anything else he could provide. Craig loved life and the outdoors and has always had many friends, most of which gave him such happiness in life. For the last few years, Craig would spend 3 months in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his daughter April and her children. They loved Grandpa Craig and will miss him dearly. Craig will be loved and missed by everyone that knew him. 


Craig is survived by his wife, Ramona Brockman of Jefferson, WI, 2 siblings: sister, Debbie Slusser and brother John (Tammy) Lees of Rapid City, SD. 3 children, daughter Tarra (Steven) Shelley of Hot Springs, AK, son Brett (April) Lees of Rapid City, SD, daughter April (Wampole) (Scott) Zarling of Colorado Springs, CO. 10 grandchildren: Alexis, Isabella, Eayn, Konner, Lane (from daughter Tarra), Jazlynn, Lola, Tripp (from son, Brett), Declin, and Charlotte (from daughter, April). Craig was also survived by additional brothers and sisters in law. Deborah & Raymond Brockman, Roger Brockman, Ronald & Kim Brockman, Randy Brockman, Dan & Marie Wampole, Sue & Mike Hartman, Rodney & Patti Brockman, Roy & Jessica Brockman, Rollie & Lesley Brockman, and Ryan Brockman.  many extended family members, cousins and many close friends.  

He was preceded in death by his father Douglas Lees and his mother Lavonne “Vonnie” (McChesney) Lees and his grandmother Margaret “Babe” McChesney who was incredibly special to him.

Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday May 30,2020 at the Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson with a service at 3:00. 


We respectfully ask that guests follow current social distancing practices, and please note the number of people allowed in the building will be limited as guidelines suggest.


Following the service there will be a gathering to celebrate Craig’s life at Harders Bar in Jefferson.


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