Clair Van Zee

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Clair Van Zee, 59, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in his home under the care of  Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by  his family. Clair was born on May 21, 1957 to Chester and Jean Van Zee in Mayville, ND. He resided on the family farm near Galesburg, ND for the majority of his life. Clair attended Clifford-Galesburg High School and the NDSCS at Wahpeton for Auto Mechanics. He had been employed by Saucke Construction, Olstad Construction,  and most recently by Dickson Farms. Clair was  baptized and confirmed at Elm River Lutheran Church, Galesburg, where he was a lifelong member. He and his wife, Laurice Washburn, of Hope, ND were married in 1989 at Elm River. Clair is survived by his loving wife, Laurice; daughter, Kathryn Van Zee, granddaughter Oaklea Thomas; son, Charles Van Zee, all of Page, ND; sisters Pam (Wayne) Koering, Hillsboro; Trish Brager, Cooperstown; Crystal (Greg) Storhoff, Mt Ayr, Iowa; and brother Joel Van Zee, Williston; brother-in-law, Greg Washburn, sisters-in-law Teresa Washburn and Lesley Washburn. Clair’s pride and joy was his granddaughter, Oaklea. He enjoyed drag racing and built his wife a drag car, which she raced. Fishing was also a favorite pastime and working on old cars. There will be a prayer service on Sunday at 7:00 pm at Elm River Lutheran Church, Galesburg with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The memorial service will be at Elm River at 2:00 pm Monday.

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  1. My deepest sympathy and prayers to all. Losing a loved one is so very hard. Try and take comfort from each other and know that he is at peace now.

  2. Prayers and thoughts to the family may they have the peace and love from our Heavenly Father in this time of there lost From Jim and Joan Berdal

  3. Pam, Trish & and all the Van Zee family,
    I am so sorry to read about the loss of your brother I am praying for you, May God carry you through these sorrowful days.
    Florence Liekhus (I have moved back to Fargo)

  4. My heart is heavy for you and the entire family….My thoughts and prayers travel the distance between us always …Love you!

  5. Clair and family — Mike and I were not aware of your health problems. May your find great peace and comfort in heaven and a loving reunion with your father, Chester. May God bless your life Clair.

    I am sure you were a student of my mother, Edith Satrom – and what glorious days she is having reuniting with all of the students she taught in her long career in education. She really enjoyed helping her many students through their education pathways.

    Blessings to your family and your departed from her educational endeavors. May you find peace and comfort in heaven.

  6. Pam, Trish, Crystal, Joel and all of the Van Zee family. I was saddened to read of Clair’s passing. Memories of my former classmate are good ones – he always had such a good sense of humor and kept us laughing. May you rest in peace, Clair.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the familu. May God bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow.

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