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Marvin Lee

Marvin Lee, 96, of Northwood, ND passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:00pm at West Union Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, ND. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a 7:00pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood.
Marvin Henry Lee was born April 13, 1917 to Halvor and Minnie (Berger) Lee. He attended Hillside School, one mile south of the farm, where he completed 8th grade. His father died in 1936 and he stayed at home until 1938. He was raised to manhood in Loretta Township. Marvin remembers the crops in 1934 as bring poor, rusting out in 1935, and no crop at all in 1936. In 1939 and 1940, he worked for Gust Skjoiten. In 1941, he worked harvest in South Dakota, Kansas, Del Rapids and west.
Marvin was drafted into the United States Army on March 28, 1942 and went to Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was also at Camp Barkley, TX, and Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. He served overseas in Southern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples (Foggia), and Rome (Arno). He was in the service for three years and nine months, of which, two years and nine months were spent overseas. He was a military policeman, Private 1st class Company C. He received the Bronze Arrowhead, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon and unit citation. Marvin was discharged November 19, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He recalls his monthly pay as being around $21.00. Marvin married Frances Ovrid.
After the war, Marvin continued to work on farms in the Northwood area for the next five years until he went into the construction business. In 1952, he worked construction at the Finley Air Base. He worked in Glasgow, Montana working on building an air base in 1955. The next 12 years were spent working at the Grand Forks Air Base. In 1969, he started farming until his retirement in 1991. Marvin continued to live on the homestead until 2010 when he moved to Northwood. He entered the Northwood Nursing Home in August of 2011.
Marvin is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Halvor and Minnie Lee; brothers: Kenneth, Leonard, and Bernard; and sisters: Lulu Williams, Corella Schmidt, and Helen Aftret.

Clergy: Harold Luecke
Soloist: Virgil Sheggerud
Pianist: Marcia Sheggerud


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