Ronald Jerome Lee, age 71 of Miles City, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2014 in Billings, MT. He was a kind, gentle, happy man who will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him.
Ron was born on January 2, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN; the son of Gilbert & Marjorie Lee. He graduated from Park River High School, ND 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, ND. In 1973, he moved to Miles City, MT 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 February 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 others 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 Yankee’s 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, MT; Brad Lee, his wife Ann, and their children Megan and Brody all of Rapid City, SD; and Brandee Poandl, her husband Paul, and their children Payton and Trey all of Frenchtown, NJ; grandchildren Chaz Hedge and Brittany Hedge of Miles City; his sisters; Sandy Lee Kaker of Warrensburg, MO; and Barbie (Dan) Thompson of Alliance, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents Gib & Marge Lee, his mother and father-in-law Doc & Det Balsam; his sister Nancy Sauers and his daughter Dawn Dee Lee.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 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.