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It is with great sadness that the family of Charles “Chuck” Duane Lee shares his passing. Chuck passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by loved ones, following a difficult and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Chuck was born to Douglas and Alice Lee in 1950. He grew up in West Fargo, and graduated from Moorhead State with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. In 1973 he started work at Westgo’s City Desk and soon became a Territory Manager. In 1983 when Westgo closed, Chuck joined Summers Manufacturing as a Territory Manager, working there for 32 years. He made many good friends in the Ag Industry over the years. He only retired when he became ill.
Chuck and his wife, Colleen, were married in 1971. They have two sons, Christopher and Brian, of whom Chuck was so very proud. He often said they were his best friends, and he theirs.
Chuck enjoyed friendships with many people, some of them life-long relationships. He was an athletic, energetic guy who enjoyed many activities such as basketball, golf, and fishing. Basketball was a particular favorite, and he played until he was 60 years old as one of the “All Tournament” players in Grand-Am Tournaments.
Two simple words summed up Chuck’s approach to life: “I stick.” These two words reflected his determination, faithfulness, and integrity in both his professional and personal life. Whether confronted with a small task or a larger challenge, he tackled it with steady perseverance.
He will be forever and sadly missed by all those who knew him and those who loved him, most especially his wife, Colleen; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Wendy, and Brian and Jenna; brother, Donald; life-long boyhood friends Skip Wetzstein, Doug Sherman, and Ed Thurner; dear friends Tim and Lorna Cooper.
“Celebration of Life” service: Monday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m., at West Funeral Home in West Fargo. Family and friends may gather for one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory with a memorial donation to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Habitat for Humanity, or Disabled American Vets.
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