Lee Lee Sisler

March 30, 1932October 21, 2013
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Ralph "Lee" Sisler, 81, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Lee was born March 30, 1932 to Ralph and Doris Sisler in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the oldest of 4 children.

He grew up on the family farm near Grand Rapids. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1955 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Later that same year, he married his hometown sweetheart, Yulah Jean Brink. He began his career with Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria, Illinois, where son Gary was born. Sons Paul and Gregg were later born in Minnesota after a move to 3M Company. Lee worked for 35 years for the 3M Company where his crowning achievement was managing a team that put a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) on the moon to provide astronauts with electricity during the NASA Apollo 12 mission.

Lee was an avid hunter and could do a mean duck call. He enjoyed fishing, golf, growing roses, photography and following the Gophers, Longhorns, and eating peanut butter toast. But most of all, he loved his family, children, and grandchildren. Lee was extremely proud of his family, and during any family event, he was always the man behind the camera. Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years Yulah, sons Gary (Christine), Paul (Sheri), and Gregg (Sandy), sister Marilyn (Duane) Sea, sister Janet (Al) Eckmann, and brother Bill (Marilyn), 8 grandchildren Alison (Brian) Stone, Adam, Michael, Jenna, Dylan, Haley, Danny, and Garret. The family will greet friends from 6-8pm on Friday, October 25 at Cook-Walden (6100 N Lamar Blvd) Funeral Home in Austin. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 10:30 am. A lunch will follow in the lunchroom. Burial will be in Grand Rapids at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Capital Area Parkinson’s Organization, P.O. Box 27565, Austin, Texas 78755 Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Sandy Sisler

May 27, 2014

Lee you are missed greatly. It's been 7 months since you joined your family in heaven. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about you. We might be eating peanut butter, fishing, watching any sporting event or enjoying a glass of whiskey. I appreciated all the Christmases you made us daughter in laws feel special by giving us a piece of jewelry that you picked out yourself. You had a great smile and a wonderful sense of humor. You hated being late and got very nervous if anyone was doing something that might be considered unsafe! We are all trying to make you proud. Keep watching over us and smiling down upon us. Love you xo!

Michael Sisler

January 5, 2014

Grandpa Lee, You set a great example for your family. I am truly grateful for the time I was able to spend with you and the lessons you passed to me. It has been a little over two months since your passing and I see constant reminders of you in my life. I know you are finally at peace and our family gained a guardian angel, which gives me the strength to move forward. I love and miss you. Your grandson, Michael Sisler

Jenna Sisler

November 18, 2013

Grandpa Lee,

It's almost been a month without you here & already so much has changed. I know that you are looking down on us all & are very proud of us just as we were to call you Grandpa.

I will never eat peanut butter without thinking of you. Green trucks, University of Texas orange, 3M, fishing, hunting, washers, "scorpion sticks", roses, & anything having to do with the state of Texas, are just a few things that will always trigger your memory in my mind.

Grandma tried to give us a Texas handshake when we left your house - we told her she needs to work on her timing as she came running out the door when we were already half way up the hill driving away :)I am sure you were laughing up in Heaven.

Thank you for being an amazing Grandpa and a wonderful person in general.

Love & Miss you,

Hazel Brink

November 14, 2013

Lee was a good husband and father and always provided well for his family. I will miss his kind heart, special family gatherings,and drives through the TX bluebonnets. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to visit just recently. Rest in peace and God bless you.

Lauren LaVoi

November 14, 2013

One more thing. Uncle Lee, I will always miss the old days as it was the best with 2 great families and 6 boys that weren't so bad either. I know we all looked forward to the holidays so we could be together and drive grandpa nuts, literally. Love you Uncle.
P.S. Dad says hi, thanks for the Canada trips

Lauren LaVoi

November 14, 2013

Uncle Lee, since you passed on they better not send anyone into space because they probably won't have any electricity. And make sure you always wear a belt. I love you.

Luke LaVoi

November 14, 2013

I'm sorry you died Uncle Lee. I love you.

Ryan LaVoi

November 14, 2013

I'm sorry about Uncle Lee. I love you.

Janet & Al Eckmann

November 14, 2013

Lee was a great person, a leader, innovative, a sportsman, fun to be around, always had time to listen, loved a great story, and even a cold beer. There are so many ways to describe Lee that the list is endless. He loved everything there was about life, hunting, fishing, a good ball game, his family, the Gophers and Longhorns and having a good laugh. Everything he pursued was not about him, but making others feel worthwhile and good about themselves As a great brother, a brother-in-law, and a friend we miss him dearly.

roger Lacey

November 14, 2013

I traveled with Lee for several years in Asia and Europe , he was never anything but a gentleman always with a ready smile and a helping hand for all those who needed it. A consummate professional , he had a wise view about all business situations, we all learnt tremendously from him. He will be missed.