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Published September 28, 2006, 12:00 AM

Ardell T. Fortier

Ardell Fortier, 80, of Grafton and formerly of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo on Monday evening, September 25th, 2006. Ardell T. Fortier was born March 23, 1926 to Edmund and Aurelia (Bushaw) Fortier at Forest River, North Dakota.

Ardell Fortier, 80, of Grafton and formerly of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo on Monday evening, September 25th, 2006. Ardell T. Fortier was born March 23, 1926 to Edmund and Aurelia (Bushaw) Fortier at Forest River, North Dakota.

He grew up at Forest River and graduated from high school there. In July of 1955 he married Judy Fischer at East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Ardell settled near Drayton and farmed in the area for many years.

On July 24, 1981 he was united in marriage to Beth Helgason at Grand Forks. Ardell retired in 1984. He and Beth moved to Grafton this past year.

Family members include his wife, Beth; a son, Larry, Drayton; six daughters, Susan Fortier, Detroit Lakes, MN, Kathleen (Tom) Hankins, Aurora, CO, Julie (John) Kirkeby, Oslo, MN, Kim (Brian) Thompson, Grafton, ND, Mary Lynn (Charles) Quann, Chesapeake, VA and Lisa (Alan) Nixon, Ithaca, NY; four step children, Terry Helgason, St. Paul, MN, Les (Bev) Helgason, Grand Forks, ND, Craig Helgason, Grand Forks and Roberta (David) Phillips, Walhalla, ND; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Plutowski, East Grand Forks and a brother, Harley (Marilyn) Fortier, Boyne City, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Donna, and a brother-in-law, Harry Plutowski.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Drayton High School Gymnasium. Visitation will be at the Adamson-Austin Funeral Chapel in Drayton on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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