Henderson, Lee A., age 59, died suddenly Thursday, April 30, 2015, shortly after returning home from a run. He is survived by his wife Polly; daughters Kati Gosselin (Chris), Laura Lindsay (Craig) and Mari Henderson (Josh Sharpe); granddaughters Callie and Maya Gosselin; brothers Larry Henderson (Mary Schmidt) and Jim Henderson (Kathy); mother-in-law Carolyn Ekeberg; brothers-in-law Rev. Joseph Ekeberg (Carolyn), John Ekeberg (Jen Schwem); sister-in-law Margie Ekeberg; nephew Karl Ekeberg (Erica) and many other relatives and loving friends. Preceded in death by parents, Miriam and George Henderson, and father-in-law, Rev. G.W. Ekeberg. Lee was born on June 1, 1955 in Champaign, IL. His family later moved to Madison, WI where he eventually met the love of his life, Polly, in band class at Madison West High School. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA for one year before transferring and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. Lee and Polly were married on June 12, 1976 and moved to the Washington, DC area following college. Lee attended the National Law Center at George Washington University and while there, interned at the White House Council to the President’s Office for the Jimmy Carter administration. He and Polly moved to Minneapolis in 1980 where Lee began his legal career. In 1982 his first daughter, Kati, was born; followed by Laura in 1985 and Mari in 1988. Lee was a respected lawyer and entrepreneur. At the time of his death he was a shareholder at Hessian & McKasy, P.A.; Church Council President at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and executive committee member for the American Symphonic Advocacy Project. Lee was a life-long advocate for classical music and a successful community leader in garnering support for the Minnesota Orchestra. His other passions included traveling with family and friends, playing golf and basketball, keeping up with new technologies, and rooting for Minnesota basketball teams, especially the Lynx. Lee will always be remembered for his faithfulness, calm presence, creative problem solving, and generosity. He was a donor and many people will be helped because of that gift. At his core, Lee was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be profoundly missed. There will be a visitation on Wednesday May 6th, 5-8pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, with a funeral service Thursday, May 7th, 10:00am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Minnesota Orchestra.
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