LeeAllen Lenth

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LeeAllen Louis Wilbert Lenth passed away peacefully in his favorite chair on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Littleport. He was born on Jan. 15, 1938, to Wilbert Sr. and Viola (Gruel) Lenth in Monona.


Lee was united in marriage to Verna Jae Hass on Aug. 1, 1964, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bliedorn. They were blessed with five children: Kim (Jim) Albert of Cedar Rapids, Chris (Juliette) Lenth of Gisborne, New Zealand, Jenni (Owen) Winder of Chicago, Ill., Beth (Paul) DeVries of Ames and Becci (Larry) Gonzalez of Wealder, Texas. Further blessings of grandchildren Jake DeVries, Mackenzee Albert, Travis Albert, Matai, Puriri and Manuka Lenth as well as great-grandchildren Kenna and Remi Albert brought him much joy.


Lee was preceded in death by his parents Wilbert Sr. and Viola; siblings and their spouses Willy and Inez Lenth, Gertrude and Virgil Kurth, Lorraine and JoAnn Lenth; as well as Verna’s sister Jean and brothers-in-law Mo Jungck, Dr. M.E. Shelton and other extended family members.


During his 85 years, Lee had a keen interest in many things past and present, including, but in no way limited to: horses, trail rides, farming, Motor Mill, conservation, pie, restoration, the 101st Airborne, Hope Lutheran Church, the Opera House Players, carpentry, birds, pie, skiing, reading, historic cemeteries, helping others—especially the folks in the Amish communities, singing, dancing, pie, genealogy, Texas and New Zealand. 


Lee loved to visit, never met a stranger and rarely had a bad word to say about anyone.


The family offers our heartfelt thank you to all who lived, laughed, sang and visited with Lee over the years.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Motor Mill Foundation, 29862 Osborne Road, Elkader, IA 52043, or online at


Visitation and funeral services were held on Oct. 16, at Hope Lutheran Church, rural Elkader. Rev. Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiated.


Military honors were held following the service. Inurnment will be scheduled at a later date at Union Cemetery - Littleport.


Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader is assisting the family.

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