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Lee Meade Sr., 82

Lee L. Meade Sr., 82, Chaska, died peacefully December 29, 2010. An eternal optimist who sought and embraced change during his life is enjoying his eternal home with his Lord.

Born in Alexandria on April 2, 1928 he was preceded in death by parents, Hilma and Eugene (Ted) Meade.

He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1946. He was a life-long journalist, beginning his career as a sports writer with the Litchfield Independent Review, honored by the Army as an award winning editor during the Korean War, became sports editor of the Denver Post and recognized as Sports Writer of the Year by the TX Assn. of Private and Parochial Schools.

While at The Post, he was passionate about covering recreational sports and figure skating. He was amongst a group of journalists to cross the "iron-curtain" at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics. Lee worked for the following publications during his storied career: the Meeker County News, St. Cloud Daily Times, West Central MN Daily Tribune, Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Beaumont Enterprise, Lake Charles American Press, Sacramento Bee, Elk Grove Citizen, The Highlander and lastly the River Cities Tribune in Marble Falls.

In 1967, he left the Denver Post to join Commissioner George Mikan's staff to establish the American Basketball Association where he implemented the red, white and blue basketball and the statistics, which are the model for today's box scores. He helped organize the World Hockey Association, World Team Tennis, the Int'l Basketball Assoc., the Las Vegas Posse football (CFL) and Women's Major League Volleyball. After retiring, Lee and his wife Helen moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas where he continued to promote local high school sports and pursued his love of genealogy.

A U.S. Army veteran and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather is survived by wife of 56 years, Helen (Wulf); son, Matt and Jodi Meade of Austin, TX; daughter, Sallye (Curt, Ryan and Nicole) Johnson of Horseshoe Bay, TX; daughter, Leslie (Greg, Emily, Lauren and Josh) Robertson of Excelsior; and daughter, Lisa (Dave, Jenna and Calvin) Kirkbride of Chanhassen; granddaughter, Jamie (Jason, great-grandchildren Avery and Daxton) Clevlen of Austin, TX and granddaughter, Jessica and Nathan Myers of San Antonio, TX.

A memorial service was held Monday, January 3 at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 2020 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen; (952) 934-5659. Memorials are preferred to Helen Meade, 3100 N. Chestnut St., #125, Chaska, MN 55318.