age 64, resident of Lakota, ND, and Mission, TX, died
Monday, April 23, 2007 at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital
in McAllen, TX.
Gene Malcolm McLean
was born February 26, 1943 in Fordville, ND, the son of
Donald and Grace (Olson) McLean. He was raised and educated
in Lakota. He then graduated from Moler Barber College and
was a barber in Wahpeton, ND. Gene married Lavanna Elgin
in 1960. He began his law enforcement career in Wahpeton
in 1966. He joined the Cass County Sheriffs Department in
1969 and retired in 1993. Gene married Jackie Boeder in
1979. After his retirement, Gene's talents and interests
were very wide and diverse. He held many other jobs throughout
his life including building and road construction, hunting
lodge management, and farming. He was an outgoing person
that loved story telling. He loved the outdoors, especially
fishing. He spent his last years wintering in Mission, TX.
Gene is survived by his mother, Grace McLean
of Lakota, ND; his special friend & companion of 12 years,
Mona Erickson of Valley City, ND; 4 children, Delmere (Kris)
McLean of Luverne, ND, Randy McLean of Enderlin, ND, Nikki
McLean of Washington, and Mathew McLean of Oregon; 3 grandchildren,
Cody McLean of Wyoming, Carla McLean of Valley City, ND, and
Kyle (Sarah) McLean of Fargo, ND; and 2 brothers, Gary (Lu)
McLean, and Jon (Shari) McLean, both of Lakota.
He was preceded
in death by his father, Donald; a brother, David; and a
great-granddaughter, Madison McLean.
Gene's Funeral Service will be held at
the Lakota Lutheran Church of Lakota, ND, on Tuesday, May
1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Joel
Westby. The organist will be Karen Fowler. Interment will
be in the Lakota Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Mike McLean,
Mark McLean, Scott McLean, Glenn McLean, Kelly McLean, Brad
McLean, Todd McLean, and Brent McLean. Honorary casketbearers
will include all of Gene's friends & acquaintances that
he has been blessed with throughout his life. An Honor Guard
will be provided by the North Dakota Peace Officers Association.
Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota,
ND, on Monday, April 30, 2007 beginning at 3:00 p.m. with
a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at
the church on Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.