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Clair Van Zee

May 21, 1957 - February 16, 2017

Prayer Service - Sunday

February 19, 2017
- 7:00 PM

Elm River Lutheran Church, Galesburg, ND

Visitation - Sunday

February 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Elm River Lutheran Church, Galesburg, ND

Memorial Service - Monday

February 20, 2017
- 2:00 PM

Elm River Lutheran Church, Galesburg, ND


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

Clair Van Zee

May 21, 1957 - February 16, 2017


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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24 responses to “Clair Van Zee”

  1. Jeff and Kim Schneider (ihry) says:

    Our Deepest Sympathy… our prayers are with you!

  2. Tracie Johnson says:

    Sorry for your loss I am praying for you guys

  3. Leanna Aarsvold says:

    My sympathy to Laurice and all Clair’s family. God Bless you memories.

  4. Jennifer (Semrad) Simon says:

    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.

  5. Julie (Borud) and Gary Johnson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  6. Bryan ulland says:

    Our condolences.

  7. Julie Haaland says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  8. Jackie Tibbetts says:

    With deep sympathy, Jackie (Severs) Tibbetts

  9. Scott Parkman says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Scott and Tammy Parkman

  10. Nancy Lyng says:

    My deepest sympathies Laurice to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace. Nancy Lyng

  11. LouAnn and Devin Lusso says:

    Our condolences to you and your family.

  12. James Berdal says:

    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

  13. Rick Henry says:

    Sorry to read of Clair’s passing. Lot of good memories. RIP Clair.

  14. Kathy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Mega hugs

  15. Bill & Pat Motter says:

    Our sympathy and prayers to your family for the loss of Claire

  16. Lisa (Ott) Jones says:

    Hugs and Prayers on the loss of your dad Charlie and Katie! God’s peace be with you.

  17. Florence Liekhus says:

    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)

  18. Anna Collier says:

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

  19. Michael and Pennie (Satrom) Humphrey says:

    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.

  20. Barb (Henry) Heatherington says:

    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.

  21. Michelle Braaten says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Laurice and family

  22. Brad and Deb Pladson says:

    So sorry for your loss- prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

  23. Georgian (Carson) Paschke says:

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

  24. Vicki Sund says:

    Laurice I am so sorry to hear about Clair. I am giving you a really big hug right now. Love you lady.

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