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Clarence Lee

June 8, 1937-Sept. 7, 2012

September 11, 2012
Minot Daily News

Clarence Lee, 75, of Lake Metigoshe, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at a Bismarck hospital.

He was born June 8, 1937 in Westhope to Melvin and Josephine (Matthews) Lee. He was raised in the Westhope area until the family moved to Bottineau when he was in 6th grade. He graduated from Bottineau High School in 1956. Over the next few years he attended Bottineau School of Forestry and Minot State College and worked at Pride Dairy and Frykman Motor.

He married Gail Pearson on May 11, 1962. They moved to Minot and he began a career in healthcare management that spanned nearly 40 years. They resided in Minot, Langdon, Hazen and Miller, S.D. In 2001, he retired and they moved home to Lake Metigoshe. Through the years and the communities, he was active in many civic organizations including Sons of Norway.

He loved woodworking, hunting and his family and friends.

He was a member of the Lake Metigoshe Lutheran Church.

He is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Gail (Pearson) Lee; two daughters, Coreen (Doug) Murphy in California and Carleen (Mark) Lapinski in Minnesota; grandchildren, Rachel (Ricky) Ghilarducci, Alicia Burchett, Brooke Lapinski and Jacob Lee Crumb; great-grandchild Nicholas Ghilarducci; stepgrandchildren, Darrin, Dawson and Kirsten Murphy; two sisters, Marlene (Oliver) Reing and Debby (Darrel) Stokes, both of Bottineau; brother, Kevin (Deberah) Lee, Eagle, Idaho; brother-in-law, Virgil Soland, Dickinson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Wardell (Bud) Lee and Stacy Lee (age 2); and sisters, Burdell Young and Roberta Soland.

His funeral will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.

Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery, Bottineau.

Visitation will be today, Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Friends may sign the online register book at (



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