Lee W. Stroud, 80, Clarion, formerly of Belmond, died Oct. 30, 2020 at Mercy One - North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Nov. 4 at St. John Catholic Church in Clarion, with burial at St. John Catholic Cemetery.
Lee, the only child of William “Bill” and Helen (Stupka) Stroud, was born Jan. 12, 1940 in Belmond. He grew up in the Belmond area and graduated from Belmond High School.
Lee was very much a free spirit, and his lifelong career driving semi trucks fit his being perfectly. Not even an accidental injury to his vision at a relatively early age could keep him from this chosen vocation. He trucked for more than 50 years, both for himself and for various companies.
Lee was a Jack of All Trades. Besides trucking, he had been a policeman for a time, studied to be a mortician, and did stints at other various jobs. He was not comfortable in crowds, so the trucking lifestyle met this need. He was a fairly simple man who never wanted to be in the spotlight.
Dad, or Doo-Da as his kids and close family might refer to him, was always ready for an adventure. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a car and truck enthusiast. He enjoyed dining out. Those who knew him will remember Lee playing the occasional prank, joking with others, and his unique humor and wit. He was a character in too many ways to define, but he gave life his best shot and always tried to focus on others rather than himself, often letting his own needs and issues stay on the back burner of life.
Lee was blessed with four children from his marriages, including daughters Page and Kelly, Amy, and a son Randy. He appreciated being a husband, father and grandfather. He did his best despite fighting many health issues in later years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lee is survived by his wife of the past 18 years, Stephanie of Clarion; daughters Page (Ron) Ross of Missouri, Kelley (Avis) Stroud of Centennial, CO, son Randy (Melinda) Stroud of Bellevue, and daughter Amy (Ritchie Whitmore) Stroud of Bellevue; and several grandchildren.