Lee E. Hooley
January 22, 1935 – June 27, 2020
Lee E. Hooley January 22, 1935 – June 27, 2020 Resident of Longmont, CO
FISHERMAN’S PRAYER I pray that I may live to fish Until my dying day And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray: When in the Lord’s great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep. (Author Unknown)
Lee E. Hooley passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020. Lee was born on January 22, 1935 in Manson, Iowa to Viola and Vernon Joseph Hooley. Lee moved to Colorado in 1956, where he met Karen Luth. Lee and Karen were married on September 7, 1957 and settled in Longmont, CO in 1960. In 1973 he began a 30 year career as a State Farm Insurance agent. Lee was highly active in the Lyons/Longmont community. He loved to travel with Karen and his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. Trips to Alaska and floating down The Blue River in the Rocky Mountains, watching his Labradors work the fields and retrieve were among his favorite pastimes. Lee also was a HUGE fan of the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos, very rarely missing the opportunity to watch or attend the games with family and friends. Lee is survived by his wife of 63 years, Karen, brother John, four children; Miles, Heidi Rodgers (Charles), Jennifer Segura (Edward), Mitchell (Jessica). 5 grandchildren: Rebekah, Sarah, Noland, Shelby, Amelia and 3 great grandchildren: Eva, Preston, Paisley. We remember our father as proud, selfless, and an inspiration. A mentor to many, a devoted husband and loving father. A best friend, an eternal optimist and a leader in the community. A special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Longmont United Hospital, TRU Community Care Hospice. They were very supportive of the family and provided wonderful care.
After the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the family will have a celebration of Lee’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lee Hooley’s name to one of the following organizations.
*Charles “Chick” Clark Kids Fishing Program: checks made payable to Kids Fishing Inc and sent to PO BOX 310, Mead CO, 80542.
*Lions Club, Lyons, CO: checks made payable to Lyons Lions Club and sent to PO BOX 1415, Lyons CO, 80540.
*Longmont Meals on Wheels: http://www.longmontmeals.org/donate.html
*TRU Community Care: https://www.trucare.org/product/donation/
Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Lee E. Hooley
Connie & Jerry Kennedy
July 9, 2020
Lee was such an amazing kind and gentle man. He had a huge impact on our lives as he did many others. He was wonderful to work for and to have as an agent and friend. He loved his family and friends and all people in general. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He left this world a better place because he lived. Our prayers to his wonderful family.
July 9, 2020
I knew Lee as Heidi and Miles' dad and remember how he used to drop the kids off at Sunday School in his T-Bird with "suicide doors." Later, he was my parents' insurance agent. More importantly, he showed great kindness to my Dad, Bill Herring, when Dad was in the early stages of Alzheimers. Dad was in the habit of driving downtown and consistently parking on Coffman Street. However, as his memory began to fade, he sometimes did not remember where he had parked the car. He did remember where Lee's office was, however, and would frequently walk over and ask to use the phone to call Mom at home. Lee, Heidi, and the office staff were very gracious and kind to help Dad out. I am very sorry for the loss of your Dad.
July 8, 2020
I came to Longmont in 1978. Soon after arriving I met Lee and he became my insurance agent. Over the years Lee was always available to take my calls whether about my own insurance business or as a mentor of the intricacies of insurance. I saw him frequently over the years as we both were downtown Longmont businessmen. He always knew my name and offered his hand to shake. He was the epitome of professionalism and a true gentleman. I admired him as a person and especially for his kindness as a friend to Howard Current. I am sorry for your loss and will miss him.
July 8, 2020
I believe I met Lee shortly after he started his business with State Farm. I was working for Howard Current as his legal secretary and he was friends with "Hooley" as he was fondly called. They both had a quiet demeanor and subtle sense if humor. I saw Lee most recently at the Fishing Derby last year. What a great thing that was for young kids. Getting them excited about fishing and doing it responsibly. I know that program is in good hands and will be carried on for years to come. Great job Hooley! You taught another generation how to enjoy and take care of nature in a responsible way. I'm sure your fishing pole will always be close by.
July 6, 2020
I have fond memories of Lee. He was quite the character. He would tell you I was quite the character. True! We always enjoyed sparring when he attended an agency class or when I visited his office. At my advanced age, I don’t recall the specifics of our matches. I do recall his big smile and laugh. I always felt welcome during my visits to his agency. I remember Lee’s optimistic and positive outlook on life. Our relationship went beyond business. We were friends and I was truly blessed by our friendship. I will miss you my friend. Gone but not forgotten. Rest In Peace Lee. ❤️
July 5, 2020
I was so saddened to read of Lee's passing. What a wonderful kind man he was . He could always be counted on for great advice and help. His employee's ,were also a reflection of his professionalism and care. Bob, and I were BLESSED to have Lee ,as our insurance agent ,up until he retired. I am sure that he is standing on a river bank in Heaven, with some of his outdoor pals, waiting to land a awesome catch. I hope my Bob is near ,looking for a great fish as well . Lee , was so respected and loved. Karen and family Please accept my condolences on your profound loss and know that you and your family are in my prayers. Sincerely, Barbara J. Ekx
July 5, 2020
Lee was our family insurance agent. My dad, Jerry Schlagel and Lee were lifetime friends. I was kind of a wild kid and got into a few tight spots. Lee bailed me out more than once through our insurance policy...not sure how he did it! I loved going fishing with Lee or just hanging out. He was a genuine, kind and generous man. He always made you feel important and listened to!
July 5, 2020
Lee was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people on the earth. There are so many people out there that had their lives touched by him and will miss him. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. He was a wonderful boss and a great friend. I will so cherish my last visit with him. I am so sorry for your loss and the sadness you are feeling.
Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all.
Barb and Rich Hayes
July 4, 2020
Lee was the best friend I ever had. we met in May of 1961. Having enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, sports events, coffee and eating out at many places has provided hundreds of awesome memories. Also, our travels with Lee and Karen were times to always remember. It is a very deep sorrow to no longer to be able to enjoy his friendship and companionship. he was truly a great friend!
July 4, 2020
Lee was a great guy.I met Lee at Janies Cafe.He was always nice,funny,and a great friend.He touched so many peoples lives.He will be sadly missed by the people that knew him.Prayers for the family.You will be missed by all the crew at Janies Cafe.Rest in peace until we meet again.Love to all.
July 3, 2020
Mitch had put together a golf trip in Arizona, Lee and Miles made the trip out and that was the first time I had met Lee. I knew I’d like him cuz he raised a great human in Mitch.
Of course we had a fabulous time, and what I remember most about Lee was his humor.
I’d call it Grandpa humor but nonetheless it was fantastic. I am a Grandpa now and hope my Grandpa humor can be half as good as his.
Rest in peace Lee, it was an honor to have met you.
July 2, 2020
One of my favorite memories of Lee was when he showed up at Myron Teggatz’ retirement luncheon with his hair about three inches high ( to match Myron’s ). Myron and the rest of us laughed and laughed. When I would see him at State Farm functions and trips, Lee would always be so kind and encouraging, and rose above the “complainers.” He was truly one of the good guys. We will never forget him. Micki Larson and Brad Keyser
July 2, 2020
Karen, Miles, Heidi, Jen and Mitch,
I am so very sorry to hear that Lee has passed. He was a kind, patient and honorable man who loved all of you from the depths of his heart. I understand your pain and the hole that this leaves in your family. He was one of a kind. Take care of each other and share all the amazing memories that you’ve made together.
July 1, 2020
Saturday morning coffee at Janie's Cafe hasn't been the same for months and never again will be without Lee. We always looked forward to his gentle presence. He never uttered an unkind word. He was a stalwart in his devotion to keeping the annual "Chick" Clark spring fishing day for kids a Longmont institution. He will be forever missed among his many friends.
June 30, 2020
A part of my heart slipped away with the passing of my dear friend Lee Hooley. We have shared so many good times over the last fifty years. So many laughs, memories and good times. Several trips to Alaska salmon fishing, so many breakfasts at Jannie''s, so many laughs at State Farm where he did his best to keep my insurance up to date. I loved his family and he did mine as well. He was a man who loved Jesus and he is being rewarded right now with his place in heaven. There are just a few people in our lives that we consider a true friend, Lee was that to me. I will miss him dearly.
June 29, 2020
Lee was one of the finest people I have ever known. I owe him a dept that can never be repaid. My thoughts and love go out to the family. We have lost a great person.