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Published January 09, 2009, 12:00 AM

Olaf S. Lee

Rutland, ND: The funeral for Olaf S. Lee, longtime Rutland area resident, will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland, with Rev. Dan Faust officiating. Spring burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery under the direction of the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman, ND.

Rutland, ND: The funeral for Olaf S. Lee, longtime Rutland area resident, will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland, with Rev. Dan Faust officiating. Spring burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery under the direction of the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman, ND.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 11th at the Nordland Lutheran Church of Rutland, with a 6:00 p.m. prayer service.

There will also be visitation one hour preceding the funeral at the church on Monday.

Olaf passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Good Samaritan Center of Oakes at the age of 96.

Olaf S. Lee was born in Marboe Township of Sargent County, ND on July 29, 1912 to Oluf and Sarah (Kjarvik) Lee.

Olaf spent the first years of his life in North and South Dakota with his family until the death of his mother. He then lived and worked with Lee relatives in the New Hampton, Iowa area. In later youth he went to Saskatchewan, Canada to be with his brothers working at various farms and singing in a traveling Men’s Quartet.

In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served in the North Africa Campaign during W.W.II.

Olaf married Phyllis Sundlie on January 3, 1953. They farmed southwest of Rutland until moving into Rutland in 1959. Over the years Olaf worked for the school as a janitor and bus driver, owned and operated a gas station in Rutland and worked in elevator construction. When he retired he enjoyed working for several farmers in the Rutland area as well as tearing down old buildings in Rutland.

Olaf was a member of the Nordland Lutheran Church. He also belonged to Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of the American Legion of Rutland and had volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed music and loved to sing, play the piano, harmonica, accordion and various other instruments. He has many trophies from horseshoe tournaments and in his younger years, he loved to bowl. He was a master ‘fix-it’ man and shade-tree mechanic.

He greatly enjoyed movies and playing whist.

Olaf is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Lee of Rutland; five children: Sharon (David) Butz, Chaska, MN; Sarah (Douglas) Dobmeier, Fargo, ND; Kristine (Arden) Malheim, Oakes, ND; Erling (Susan) Lee, Dublin, OH; Russel (Deborah) Lee, Omaha, NE; 15 grandchildren: Ramona Butz, Carla Butz, Andrea (Eric) Nyberg, Adam Dobmeier, Amanda Dobmeier, Jeremy (Amy) Malheim, Abbey Malheim, Katie (Brennan) Forward, Carl Malheim, Megan Lee, Andrew Lee, Samantha Lee, Anthony Lee, Brianna Shaw, Leslie Lee; a great-grandson, Weston Nyberg; a brother: Kenneth Lee, Outlook, SK, Canada; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Preble, Olga Olson; a brother-in-law, Leif (Phyllis) Sundlie and many nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters: Alfred Lee, Elmer Lee, Herman Lee, Lumen Lee, Ragnilda Nelson, Anton Lee, Elenora Nickeson, Anna Garland and an infant sister.

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