Jan. 30, 1934 - July 9, 2009
Lee Grabow, 75, died on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Manorcare Health Services, Fargo, N.D., surrounded by his lived ones. Lee was born in Fargo, N.D. on January 30, 1934, to Edwin and Katherine (Erdman) Grabow. Lee was raised on the family farm near Alice, N.D. He attended high school in Enderlin, N.D. After graduating from high school in 1954, he moved to Minneapolis, Minn. and worked for Grain Exchange. He met the love of his life, Anne Hilzendeger at Fargo's Crystal Ballroom in 1957. They were married at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Fargo on May 3, 1958. Later that year, Lee was drafted into the Army and they were stationed in Augusta, Georgia for two years. After being honorably discharged, Lee and Anne moved back to Fargo, where Lee was employed by Sears-Roebuck Company for approximately 15 years in sales and management. In 1975, Lee purchased the Sheyenne Bar in Horace, N.D. and the family moved there from Fargo. He sold the bar in 1985 and was employed by Industrial Builders for the next 10 years. Lee and Anne moved back to Fargo in 2002.
Lee was a wonderful and devoted husband and father. He was a talented mechanic who enjoyed working on cars and machinery. He also enjoyed traveling, motorcycling, snowmobiling, golfing and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. His favorite pastime was hunting, especially with his son Mike. Lee and Mike hunted big game in North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota and Canada. Lee was a "history buff," who loved to drive throughout the United States with his family, visiting historical sites and National Parks, teaching the history of our country all along the way.
Lee is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Kathy Grabow Strommen of Fargo; son, Michael Grabow of Garrison, N.D.; grandson, Thomas Strommen of Fargo; sister, Mavis Hartman of Litchville, N.D. as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marlys Swalley.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley.
A visitation was held on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo.
A memorial service was held on Monday, July 13, 2009 in West Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Watson Cemetery, rural Leonard, N.D.
Condolences can be sent online westfuneralhome.com.
(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)