W. Lee Schlough

Lee Schlough, age 75, of Prior Lake entered eternal peace on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the NC Little Hospice in Edina, MN after a valiant battle with prostate cancer.

A time of gathering will be on Monday, March 18, from 4-7 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake and one hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, March 19 at 11 am, at St, Michael Catholic Church 16400 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Father Tom Walker will preside. Urn bearers will be members of Lee’s family, Jim, Dick, Don, Paul and Tom. He will be laid to rest at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Prior Lake VFW Honor Guard.   

Welsey Edmund Schlough Jr. was born to parents, Wesley and Harriet (Greenwood), on May 31, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. Most of his childhood was spent growing up in St Cloud, MN, with his 12 younger siblings. Lee attended Cathedral High School and was a proud graduate of the class of 1961. He briefly attended the University of Minnesota before enlisting in the United States Navy. For the next six years, Lee was a pilot during the Vietnam War Through networking, he took his experience and expertise and became a pilot for Northwest Airlines. For nearly 40 years, Lee traveled the world as a pilot. At the age of 60, he retired his wings 

Through mutual friends, Lee was introduced to a beautiful young gal named, Joanne Eissing. She was immediately drawn to his good looks and kindness. They dated for a few years before marrying on October 5, 1968, at the Basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis. They established a home in Lakeville, MN, where they were blessed with a wonderful son named Bryann. In 1976, the family moved to Prior Lake, where they have called this community home. As a family, they enjoyed traveling. The best times for Lee was being home surrounded by his family. When time allowed, Lee loved to attend Indian Guide gatherings and Bryann’s various sporting events. Life became the richest when he became poppy to Novi and Olly. Lee and Joanne loved to spoil them any opportunity they had.   

For over 40 years, Lee assisted his family preparing and serving customers at the Family Tree Café, during the Minnesota State Fair. It didn’t matter your age or relationship, everyone in the family was involved! In the 1980’s, Lee took an interest in running. He participated for 13 consecutive years in Grandma’s Marathon, along with the neighborhood crew. This event became a special gathering each year for the neighbors as they cheered the runners on 

Lee and Joanne purchased a home at the Highland Woods Community in Bonita Springs, FL. For over 20 years, they created many lasting friendships. Lee helped initiate the Bocce League, enjoyed socializing and played golf. He took his love of golf into customizing and repairing clubs for anyone who asked. He also studied their swing to perfect their game and give the golfer the best fit. Lee was very generous with his time and other’s projects, it didn’t matter the task. Committed, and a perfectionist, he was all about the process rather than the end result.  

Dedicated to his faith, Lee was involved at St Michael’s Church. He was a great man displaying generosity, kindness and love to others. Lee will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 50 years, Joanne; son, Bryann (Lisa Edgerly) Schlough; grandchildren, Novia Schlough, Olly Schlough; siblings, Jim Schlough, Dick (Rebecca) Schlough, Mary (David) Huber, Judy (John) Stadden, Don (Theresa) Schlough, Margaret Schlough, Barbara Fritz, Paul (Jamie) Schlough, Patty Schlough, Terri Braun, Joy (Brian) Lang; aunt, Carole Freeman; many other relatives and friends.  

Lee is welcomed home by parents, Wes and Harriet; brother, Mark Schlough and sister-in-law, Sharon Schlough 

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Schlough family. 


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  1. We are out of town for the month but please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family
    Mike and Debbie Babcock

  2. My deepest sympathy..

  3. dear Joanne
    So sorry for your loss
    He sure was a neat guy

    Paul and Lu Kempf and family
    especially from Bill and Jim

  4. Pete Brown & Ann Brown

    Joann—Sorry to hear about Lee. Prayers and condolences. Give me a call if I can help with anything. Would you like me to take care of an announcement to the retired pilots association?

  5. Lois A. Burkart

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Joanne. Lee was such a blessing to so many.
    Love and peace, now and in the days ahead.

  6. I flew with Lee numerous times at Northwest. He was an excellent pilot and wonderful person to work with. A true gentleman.

  7. Jan and Roman Hertaus

    Our Prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time. May God give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Lee was a great guy. He will be missed.

  8. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  9. Loved reading his life story! He truly was a great man who loved to serve others. Prayers to Joanne, Bryann and the entire family.

  10. RIP old friend.

  11. My sympathy & loving prayers, Joanne; as you mourn the loss of your dear husband.
    Ellie Pekarna

  12. Steve and Margy Robertson

    We were fortunate to know Lee and enjoyed many years of celebrating our catholic faith and strong marriages through Teams of our Lady! May he rest in peace.

  13. Joanne, my heart is broken for you, I know the pain.
    May God be with you at this sad time and always.
    Lots of prayers and many fond memories!!!

  14. Our prayers are with you…so sorry for your loss.
    Holding you in our heart .

  15. Butch & Pat Hansen

    Joanne, Brian & family,
    So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. He had such a long struggle. We are not able to be there for his funeral but you and Lee will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    We often think about us sharing the same anniversary date and recall the fun memories of us being involved in the PL Booster Club with you and Lee – watching the boys playing BB.
    Lee was such a kind, gentle soul. He will be so missed by everyone.
    Sending you our love.
    Butch & Pat Hansen

  16. Elizabeth (Betty) Cushing

    Dear Joanne, I was saddened to hear about Lee’s passing. I send my deepest sympathy.
    With Love, Betty

  17. Sully and Sandy Sullivan

    We’re so very sorry Joanne. Our close Navy squadron family has suffered a huge loss. We love you.

  18. My condolences to your family. May the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15 give you some comfort for your great loss.

  19. We are saddened to hear about Lee’s passing. He was one of the good people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joanne

    Jim and Linda Mizeur

  20. Joanne, please know that I am thinking of you! I ‘loved’ Lee as a kind, thoughtful, fun-loving, generous, gentleman and such a wonderful guy! Take care!

  21. Hank & Ginger Janco

    Joanne, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Our deepest sympathy .He was one of the nicest person we ever met.

  22. John and Rae Ann Hanley

    Dear Joanne, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lee will be missed, our deepest sympathies.
    John and Rae Ann Hanley

  23. Ethel McQuillen

    Joanne, my heart is breaking for you. I know God will watch over you now and forever. My deepest condolences.
    Ethel Mcquillen

  24. Vin and Linda Cottone

    Dear Joanne,
    We were so saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. Such a kind gentleman, always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Vin and Linda

  25. Tom and Carolyn Callicott

    Highland Woods has lost a very special man.

  26. Don & Denise Hemmer

    Dear Joanne, Bryan, Lisa, Novia, and Olly;
    We extend to you our prayers and deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Lee was a very special friend; a good man, who will be forever missed. May you find comfort during these days from your friends and family. And may Lee now be finally at peace, in God’s loving arms.
    Love to all of you,
    Don & Denise

  27. Thomas R. LeViness

    It was with a deep sense of loss that I learned of Lee’s passing. As a new resident at Highland Woods, Lee was most welcoming.
    His genuine manner and kind nature continue to inspire me to strive toward higher goals.
    I’ll continue to include Lee and his family in my prayers.
    God bless.

    Tom LeViness

  28. Joanne and Family,

    I am sad to learn of this loss. Somewhere a poet has said, “I am a part of all that I have met . . . .” All of us who knew and flew and played with Lee have a part of him with us and are better people for that part. I pray God’s warmth and comfort for you and your family.

  29. Ken and Joan Courtney

    It only took a short time after meeting Lee here in HWGCC to realize what a man of character and substance he was. Did not know Lee long, but it was always a pleasure to deal with such an admirable gentleman. I doubt we will see the likes of him again. He will sorely be missed.

  30. Joanne,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Lee will sure be missed at Highland Woods. Hope to see you back down here soon.

    Pam Runkle & Larry Schenck

  31. Lisa (Greenwood) Hoffman

    Your Park Falls, WI family loves you all!!! Our hearts hurt with yours

  32. Dear Joanne,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Lee.
    My heart is breaking.
    He was such a wonderful person, always with a smile!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  33. Bob and Sandy Newman

    We did not know Lee for that many years but we will miss him. He was a very giving person who looked out for many. Highland Woods was a better place because of him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. Don & Anne Greenwood

    Dear Joanne,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. What a beautiful story of Lee’s life. A wonderful tribute to a great man, husband, father and brother. We will not be able to come to the funeral but please know that we will be thinking about you and send
    our love and condolences to you and the entire Schlough family. God Bless.

  35. Joanne and family,
    My condolences to you and your family. Lee was a good friend and he was a good man. Over the last year, our weekly phone calls meant so much to both us. He will be missed by all that knew him. As always in ending my phone conversations with Lee, I’ll say for the final time…”Godspeed my dear friend”!

  36. Dear Joanne,
    We were very sad to learn that you lost your Lee. He was a kind and gentle person and I have fond childhood memories growing up with Lee and all of the other 21 grandchildren. We are sorry we will be unable to attend his service. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Allen and Diane ( Schlough) Schnaser

  37. With utter loss and sadness, is to learn of Lee’s passing. We shared Naval aviation histories, NWA training dept fellows, endless great memories. Lee is with the “angels”, the galaxies are brighter with his caring beliefs and spirits, in their realm, truly a great guy. God Bless & RIP!

  38. Lee and I were in the same US Navy Preflight class at Pensacola Fl in 1962 and met again here at HWGCC in Bonita Springs Fl about 50 years later. Still a great man!
    Pete and Bunny Pilcher

  39. Highland Woods just lost a very Special friend!

  40. Joanne, Bryann and Family
    We were so blessed to spend such great times with Lee. I will always charish the golf clubs he made for me and the great golf direction. Our memories are over flowing with all those special times together. And our hearts are full of sadness for his family and friends at his loss.
    Julie and Wayne Baumgart

  41. Joanne – Karen and I send our heartfelt condolences. Our heart breaks at the thought of what you are going thru as well as thinking of an world with the Lee. His kindness, warmth, and sense of humor always stood out in our group of crusty sailors. He will be deeply missed.

  42. Sue and George Osborne

    Joanne, we are so sorry to hear the sad news about Lee. He was a kind and caring man and a good friend. We have shared some good fun times and we are going to miss him. I know he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather so keep all those happy memories in your heart and he will always be with you. With our heartfelt sympathies Sue and George Osborne

  43. Jon and Shirley Greenwood

    The Schlough family is in our thoughts and prayers with Lee’s passing. He was a great guy and cousin. Unfortunately, we will not be able to travel to his funeral, but we will be there in spirit. Hope to see you all sometime soon.

  44. Kerry and Chris Peterson & Family

    I was so sorry to hear the news about Lee. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  45. Stephen M. Filipas

    Very saddened to learn of Lee’s passing through this month’s (May) ALPA magazine. Lee gave me lots of encouragement so that I could successfully complete my first Grandma’s Marathon in 1993. Later in 1997 he was my IOE instructor when I checked out as captain on the venerable DC-10. He was the consummate air line pilot, with a gentle and patient demeanor. He was a true gentleman and will be missed. Rest in Peace Lee and may perpetual light shine upon you.

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