MILES CITY — Ronald Jerome Lee, age 71, of Miles City, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2014, in Billings. He was a kind, gentle, happy man who will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him.
Ron was born on Jan. 2, 1943, in Minneapolis, the son of Gilbert and Marjorie Lee. He graduated from Park River High School in North Dakota, in 1960, where he met some of his many lifelong friends. Ron graduated with his pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 1965 and started out working at Getz Drug Store in Grafton, N.D. In 1973, he moved to Miles City and bought Foster Drug which is now Big Sky Pharmacy. Ron sold Big Sky Pharmacy in 1998 to his good friend and colleague John Filler, but continued to enjoy working there with his friends.
On Feb. 21, 1975, he married the love of his life, Barbara Balsam in Miles City. He and Barbara were a perfect match for each other. They shared countless good times with friends and family. They were each other’s best friend. Together, they raised four children: Dawn Dee, Niki, Brad and Brandee. Ron loved watching his children in the various sports they were involved in growing up. He was always their biggest fan and was extremely proud of each of them. Ron cherished spending time with his family and visiting with his many friends. He had an amazing ability to make lasting friendships wherever he went. His generous spirit and kind heart were always apparent.
Ron enjoyed playing golf, bridge, fishing, hunting and skiing. He loved Corvettes and was a dedicated New York Yankees fan. He was a member of the Miles City Town & Country Club, the Miles City Club and the Shriners.
Ron is survived by his wife Barbara of Miles City; his three children, Niki Lee and her children Conner, Chaney and Reagan, all of Miles City, Brad Lee, his wife Ann, and their children Megan and Brody, all of Rapid City, S.D., and Brandee Poandl, her husband Paul, and their children Payton and Trey, all of Frenchtown, N.J.; grandchildren Chaz Hedge and Brittany Hedge of Miles City; his sisters Sandy Lee Kaker of Warrensburg, Mo., and Barbie (Dan) Thompson of Alliance, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gib and Marge Lee, his mother and father-in-law Doc and Det Balsam; his sister Nancy Sauers and his daughter Dawn Dee Lee.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 15, at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m., at the Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will be held at a later date. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.