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July 15, 2021

River J. Lee

River J. Lee, age 26, passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021, at his home. He was born on May 24, 1995, in Dodgeville, WI, the son of Linnea James and Troy Lee.

River graduated from New Glarus High School in 2013 and attended MATC-Milwaukee. He had worked for Exact Sciences in Madison. River was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

River is survived by his mother, Linnea (Aaron) Billman; father, Troy (special friend Dawn) Lee; brother, Jakob Lee; sisters, Willow and Lydia Lee; nephew, Myles; grandparents, Sharyn (Bruce) James-Riegler, Roger (Nina Miller) James, and Helen Lee; and his canine companion, Ziba. He is further survived by aunts; uncles; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walter Lee.

A gathering was held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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