Ordean "Ted" Lee

Ordean “Ted” Lee, 87, Fargo, North Dakota passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Evergreens of Moorhead. Ted was born August 15, 1932 in Marion, North Dakota to Alvin and Clara (Grindahl) Lee. He graduated from Rogers High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1952 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. He attended college at Valley City State University before joining the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He married Jean Kay Frink on October 6, 1956 in Hancock, Minnesota. In 1971, he joined the U.S. Marshal Service as a deputy in the Fargo office. He retired after 20 years of service in 1991. He did volunteer work through Helping Hands at First Lutheran as well as being an usher. He was active with the American Legion Honor Guard and helped with Farm Rescue. He was an avid NDSU Bison and Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed going fishing and listening to music. He is survived by his former wife, Jean, and his five children; Jay (Terri) Lee, Sterling, CO, Barry (Richard) Lee, St. Paul, MN, Danelle Williams, Des Moines, IA, Aldean (Robbyn) Lee, Audubon, MN, Blaine Lee, Bradenton, FL, 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and sister, Marion Boswell, Alexandria, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Terry, siblings, Duane, Carlton, Glenice and Alan. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. Interment: Fargo National Cemetery, Fargo.

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  1. Sorry to hear of his passing. I didn’t know him well but did briefly meet him years ago. I hope he went quick and had no regrets in life. Be happy you had a long life with him.

  2. To the Lee Families,

    So very sorry for the recent death of your father/ grandfather. Life changes so quickly. It is hard to say goodbye to your parents. Jay and family, my sincere condolences.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is very difficult. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Dear Family,
    It was my pleasure to know Ordean or as he asked me to call him just, Lee. I was the first exec. dir. of the Fargo Air Museum. I have seen many of my helpers at the museum pass away but Lee was the earliest of them all. He was there daily to help when the building was under construction and after opening. He was one of a few people to get a ride in Bob Odegaard’s Super Corsair, Race 57.
    He always sat along the isle at church, a few rows in front of me and when going up for communion I would always give him a little squeeze on the shoulder. So I will miss him greatly and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m sorry I will miss his memorial service as we have gone to AZ for the winter. I have made a memorial to the Fargo Air Museum.

  5. I’m very sorry about hearing of the passing of Ordean, as I always knew him by his real name. I met him while working @ Meritcare (Southpointe) in Fargo many years ago. He also worked there part time while I worked there. We had many good times together over the years & he was the perfect gentleman always!
    My thoughts & prayers are w/all of his family. I do remember having met Baine & “Poncho” many years ago.
    May he be at peace always.
    Diane Myhre

  6. Aldean, I’m very sorry for your loss. I only met your dad once during the award ceremony. He was so proud of you that day! He was beaming ear to ear. I hope the fond memories ease the sadness for you and your family.

  7. I have known Ordean Lee since 1972. He was a trusted friend and deputy marshal. He served his country well in all respects. We had a lot in common since I was born in Fargo but grew up in Minneapolis. I am sorry for your loss

  8. So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing away. Our families did a lot of things together when they lived in La Moure. Many great memories of their whole family. What a spunky guy. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Rest in peace.

  9. So sorry for your loss. I remember lots of fun times when you all lived in LaMoure. Your families are in my thoughts and prayer. Rest In Peace Ted.

  10. I send my sympathy to the family of Ordean Lee. I first met Ordean while working at the United States Marshals Service. Later in life when I visited the now Sanford system I would see Ordean. He was always so happy and helpful to the Sanford patients. We had some great chats and a lot of laughs.

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