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Lee McMaines

September 29, 1927 - October 10, 2014


6-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.

1-2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Lee McMaines

September 29, 1927 - October 10, 2014


Lee McMaines, 87, Fargo, died peacefully and unexpectedly on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Sanford Health, Fargo surrounded by his family.

Lee R. McMaines was born September 29, 1927 in Fort Ransom, ND on the original Ronning farm site.  He was born to Lee R. McMaines, and Pauline (Ronning) McMaines.  His grandparents had come to the United States from Norway and settled in the Fort Ransom, ND area. 

As a child he spent summers staying at “the farm” and enjoyed spending time at the Fort Ransom family home.  He lived in several cities with his mother throughout his school years, primarily Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding area.  His father died when he was seven years old.  He and his mother settled in Fargo in 1939.  He attended school in Fargo until age 17.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served in World War II.   After active duty he was discharged from the Navy in 1948 and returned to Fargo to make it his home.  He attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) for one year before landing a job as a Fargo firefighter.

During his years as a firefighter, he met his wife and life partner, Catherine Dooley.  They were married on November 17, 1951.  The couple made their home in Fargo and had 6 children, one deceased in child birth. 

After marriage, Lee followed his dream of becoming a barber.  It truly was his love and passion as he so enjoyed his customers and the work.  He attended Molar Barber College and barbered for 14 years.  He helped to bring the Journey Men’s Barber Union to Fargo.  He was elected the first president and later secretary/treasurer of the organization. 

Lee was also a member of Naval Reserve and had a firm belief in a strong military and remained active in the Reserve for 21 years.  He was so proud to have served his country for so many years.

Lee joined the Fargo Water Department in 1965 and retired from the department in 1990.  Upon retirement, Lee and Catherine purchased a year round home at Tamarac Lake and lived there for 10 years before moving back to Fargo to be closer to family.

He had a deep love and commitment to his family.  He was simply always there.  A self-educated man who was the go to person in the family whenever questions in life surfaced.

Preceding him in death are his mother, Pauline Reed; father, Lee Roy McMaines; several aunts and uncles; and his baby son, David Jon McMaines.

He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Catherine; children, Michael McMaines, Jeffrey (Terry) McMaines, Judy (Greg) Peterson, James (Jasel) McMaines, Mary Zander; and brother, Wayne (Sharon) McMaines.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Anne (Lucas) Stram, Laura (Christopher) Carlson, Nathan Zander, Ryan McMaines, Mackenzie McMaines, Michael Colling, David McMaines, Tyler Colling, Dylan Colling, and James McMaines Jr. and great-grandchildren,  Oliver, Amelia and Eden Stram; and Carter, Quinn and Sylas Carlson; Daijalon and Darion Hall.


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  1. Lisa Poppenhagen says:

    I worked with Judy for many years and still consider her a dear colleague. I am sorry for your and your family’s loss, Judy. He sounds like he was a fabulous father.

  2. Kathy, Dean and Lauren Pederson says:

    Detroit Lakes MN
    Jeff, Ryan and family our thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of your father and grandfather. Jeff even though we did not know your father, we know you and you are a kind a compassionate man who cares for his family as much as we see your father cared for you and his family by the wonderful tribute written in his honor. Hoping you experience God’s healing presence in the coming days and knowing that you all have your very special Guardian Angel watching over you in heaven.
    Kathy, Dean and Lauren Pederson

  3. Andy & Cindi Nordick says:

    Fargo ND
    It was great to get to know Lee at our association meetings and as a neighbor at the townhomes. Take care and God Bless,

    Andy & Cindi

  4. Dr. Tom Fellman says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Kathy and Family,

    I was shocked to learn of Lee’s passing. We will miss this fine gentleman. He was truly a wonderful person to know and always so enjoyable to visit with. I can see that he was so loved by what was written in his obituary. He was a great husband and father. We had many fun chats about our navy days as well as many other topics!
    I will be in Minneapolis for the funeral of my dearest friend from dental school so I can’t make Lee’s funeral

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on his passing and always keep his memories close at hand. God Bless You All.


    Tom Fellman

  5. Patricia Pederson says:

    Fargo ND
    Mike, my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the recent passing of your father. I remember your father as a very kind and pleasant man. I always enjoyed helping him and visiting with him when he would come to the VA for his primary care appointments.

  6. florian j,colling says:

    fargo ndlee we are sure going to miss you and the way you looked at life.I will sure miss all the times we got together as a family.michael,tyler,and Dylan will sure miss there grandpa,.you are the kind of DAD everyone should have.may you have a great time in heaven with all of your family that is already there.take care and my love and prayers go out to and your family.florian colling,the father or Michael,tyler,dylan.

  7. Christine Murch says:

    Lee and Catherine are our neighbors and he will be missed. Such a classy couple, always friendly- a true example of goodness. With a perfect amount of humor and good sense. Salt of the earth! Peter and I will always remember Lee with great fondness.

    Christine and Peter Murch

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