Delbert Lee

delbert lee
Delbert Gene Lee, Fargo, ND passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo.  He was born on October 4, 1928 to Severt and Agnes (Hovland) Lee in Wellsburg, North Dakota. The family lived there until moving to Harvey where Delbert was raised and attended school.  Delbert enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and served during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Colonial.  He earned a Korean Service Medal with two stars and a Navy Occupation Medal before being honorably discharged in 1952.  Following his service, he worked on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota as a heavy equipment operator.  Delbert then moved to Moorhead, MN where he worked as a driver for Nash Finch and raised his three children with his wife Elaine.  He was employed at Nash Finch until his retirement. On August 28, 1998 he was united in marriage to Martha (Grossman) Erfle in Fargo.  The couple made their home in Fargo.  Delbert was a longtime member of the VFW. He enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee with his buddies.  Going to thrift stores and collecting antiques were some of Delbert’s favorite hobbies.  He was a caring and generous man who was always there to help anyone in need. He is survived by his wife, Martha; his children, Jim Lee, Kevin Lee, and Debbie Leapelt; stepchildren, Leao (Gayle) Erfle, Ronald Erfle, Vernice (Rick) Helgeson, Elizabeth (Paul) Erdmann, Bonita (Dan) Evert; sisters, Ella Robinson, Shirley Discher; brother, Richard (Nancy) Lee; sister-in-law, Bernice Lee; five grandchildren; four-great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and 8 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; brothers, Stanley, Julean, and Arnold.

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  1. To the Delbert Lee,

    I was sadden to hear of Del’s passing but knew as he did that his time on earth was short. It was a pleasure and privilege taking care of Del as I have a special place in my heart for those individuals who served in the armed forces.

    May his memory be of comfort and your faith help you through this journey.

    With Joy and Sadness,

    Barbara Pauna, RN
    (BRL-past employee);

  2. Grey Eagle MnWhen I bought my house Uncle Delbert came with my parents to help paint. First the inside and then the outside. He would not take any money for all his hard work. I will miss him dearly. He was a good man who would give you the shirt off his back. ;

  3. West Fargo ND

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are in Palm Springs,CA and will not be able to attend the funeral.c34Uk;

  4. Davenport N.D.I was so sadden to hear of Del’s passing, I am going to miss him terribley. I was a CNA at Bethany where I met and cared for Del, we became great friends, our visits I will cherish for a lifetime, I feel so blessed to have met and become friends with him. I retired in June of this year but continued to make visits at Bethany always visiting the longest with Del, I am so happy I went to visit him just afew days before his passing.
    My sympathy goes out to all his family and friends, he will be missed!

    Love to you all,
    Nancy Pratschner

  5. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Delbert Lee. A wonderful promise is found in Revelation 21:4 which says, \”He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.\” Just imagine what joy we will feel when we greet our loved ones again.;

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