In Memory of Lee LaValley


3:00 - 6:00 PM Saturday, September 9, 2017 at O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin and one hour prior to the service at the church


2:00 PM Sunday, September 10, 2017 at First Reformed Church, 1120 Eleventh Ave, Baldwin

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Lee Alan LaValley, age 43 of Emerald, died September 5, 2017 from complications of a heart attack at Regions Hospital with his family by his side.  Lee was the son of Robert and Brenda (Johnson) LaValley, and was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 12, 1974.  He moved to River Falls with his family in May 1980.  He graduated from River Falls High School in 1992.  Lee met Deann Logterman in 1996 and they married October 10, 1998. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Collin and Alayna.  They resided in the area, and moved to the Town of Emerald in 2000.

Lee was a loving husband, father, son, grandson, and friend of many.  He enjoyed working on and flying RC (Radio Control) airplanes, and he spent many hours of fun and competition with his “flying friends.”  He also enjoyed the outdoors:  hunting (bow and gun), snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, fishing, shooting, and teaching his children these activities, too. He loved attending his childrens’ events and coaching and supporting them.

Computers were a huge part of his professional life, and he currently was the Information Systems Manager of Lindus Construction in Baldwin.

Lee is survived by his wife, Deann; son, Collin; and daughter, Alayna; his parents, Robert and Brenda LaValley of River Falls; his sister, Heather (Jason) Biggs and children of Spring Valley; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norm and Mary Logterman of Emerald; brother-in-law Nathan (Heather) and family of Neenah, WI; brother-in-law Nevin (Kari) and family of Baldwin; grandmother, Velma Johnson of Bemidji, MN; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Robert W. Johnson, Carl LaValley, Dorothy LaValley; and his uncle, Michael J. Johnson.

We encourage anyone to bring photos, memories, and stories of Lee to leave with the family.

Funeral Services for Lee LaValley will take place 2:00 PM Sunday, September 10, 2017 at First Reformed Church, 1120 Eleventh Ave, Baldwin, with Pastor Timothy Sluiter officiating.  A Visitation will take place 3:00 – 6:00 PM Saturday, September 9, 2017 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Private interment will take place.

Lee LaValley's Tribute Wall

Tributes (14):

  1. My sincere condolences to the family and many friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). Oh how we long for the time when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-5).

  2. I enjoyed working with Lee. Very shocked to hear he has left us so early in life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  3. I always appreciated the way Lee could be serious about the needs of the people around him, even while he was making sure we never took ourselves too seriously.

  4. Lee, you are one of the kindest people I have ever met. Your life on earth was cut way too short! Hold the doors open for me and maybe you can finally teach me how to two-step. ❤

  5. Deann, Collin, and Alayna, Deann and Lee were always willing to open up their home for the get-togethers and family reunions. He was such a fine young man and much too young to leave this world. He certainly will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  6. Lee was always such a presence in the family. I absolutely loved his stories. He always had a way of making you laugh. The banter between him, our cousins and the uncles was something to behold. He will be sorely missed. Give Grandma LaValley a hug for me and save me some of the “green stuff” too. All our love, Karri, Anthony, Aidan and Logan.

  7. Although Lee will be deeply missed but his laugh, his smile and crazy stores will live on in our memories. My heart goes out to Deann and the kids, Uncle Bob, Auntie Brenda, Heather and Jason. Love you all!!!

  8. Lee, you will be greatly missed by our entire family. Your early departure has left a huge hole in the family. Your sense of humor, crazy stories, and funny commentary was always a great part of the family get-togethers. We don’t regret the time we didn’t get to spend with you, just treasure the time we did. Say “hi” to Grandma Lavalley and save some “green stuff” for us. We are here for your family and will give support when they need it. See you on the other side. Love from the Stang Family.

  9. I am so glad I got to see you at our last class reunion it was 25 years. Your jokes will be missed dearly. I love my friend. RIP buddy we will see each other again.

  10. I miss you Digger!!! You were the best friend anyone could ever ask for!! Thanks for the 35 years of great memories. Deanne, Collin and Alayna and the entire family have our prayers and deepest sympathy!! Till we meet again my friend, remember its your turn to buy!

  11. One of the most genuine guys i’ve met in my life. Always willing to help. You will be sadly missed Lee… aka “the valley” aka “the Gorge” aka Gorgeous! Ill take good care of the yellow snowmobile you sold me!!

  12. Lee, how we will miss your stories, your laughter, your advice, your ideas, your colorful commentary and your larger than life personality. 4th of July and Labor Day weekend will never be the same. We luv you. Luv, hugs, thoughts and prayers to Deann, Collin, Alayna, Uncle Bob, Auntie Brenda, Heather, Jason.

  13. Lee will definitely be missed! So many great times with all of the sporting events…coaching…bonfires…you name it! Glad we were all able to become good friends a well as the kids. Lots of LOVE and HUGS to Deanne…Collin…and Alayna. Fly high Lee!!! <3

  14. I had the pleasure of working with Lee. He was a genuinely great guy and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayes go out to Deean and the children.