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Ronald “Bud” McLean, 87, Wheatland, ND died on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Eventide of Fargo, ND.
Ronald Leland McLean was born June 17 1931 in Fargo, ND to Ronald and Beatrice McLean. He was raised on the family farm near Wheatland, ND, attended school and graduated from Wheatland High in 1949. In high school, he was on the basketball team and was picked all state guard of which he was proud of. He attended AC “NDSU” for a short time. He then joined “drafted” the US Army during the Korean Conflict in 1952. He was in Korea for 18 months. The Army was the best thing he ever did and said many times he would have liked to of stayed in it. After being discharged Bud returned home to farm.
In 1955, he married Marilyn Madsen also from Wheatland and they made their home on the farm. Bud was a farmer and enjoyed every day on the tractor or combine. He ran a combine from age 7 to age 82, except during his military time. He always had a large garden and loved sharing his produce. During his lifetime, Bud was on several boards including Wheatland School, Farmers Union Elevator, Methodist Church in Wheatland, the Amenia Coop and Buffalo Presbyterian Church.
Later in life he and Marilyn would spend their winters in McAllen, TX where they met many lifelong friends. While there he took up wood carving. If you wanted something carved he would do it for you. He was truly an artist.
Due to health issues he moved to Eventide in Fargo. There he pestered the nurses and had a great time with the staff. Though he longed to be back on the farm he knew it just wasn’t going to be.
Bud is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Marilyn; son, Tim (Stacey) and their family Sonja (Nathan) Stang, Tyler, Logan, Rylee, Maren and Siri; son, Michael; daughter, Rhonda (Fred) Beall and their family Freddy (Rose) Fredrick, Thomas and Sean Beall; also survived by siblings, Audrey Roach, Barbara Schonberger, Jim (Karen), Ken (Ilene).
He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Kari; his parents; brothers Gordon and John; and sister DeLores Turnquist.
Funeral: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1 PM at the Chapel at Eventide in Fargo with visitation one hour prior.
Burial: Wheatland Cemetery.
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