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In Loving Memory...

Gene McLean

Gene McLean, 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.


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