Howard Lee, 99, of Forsyth passed away on October 16, 2012 with his family by his side. Howard was born on February 12, 1913, in Valley City, ND to Wallace and Laura Lee. Howard attended school in Rogers, NS from 1920-1928. Then he graduated High school in Oriska, ND in 1933. Howard worked in Valley City and Rogers on farms and ranches in the 1930’s. On June 25, 1941, he married the love of his life Vera. From this union four children were born. Howard and Vera had 3 sons and 1 daughter. Howard and Vera farmed and ranched in Valley City from 1941 to 1968 when they made the move to Forsyth. They farmed and ranched from 1968 to 2012 in the Forsyth area.
Howard loved wagon building. He built covered wagons and chuck wagons. He was a wheelwright, and he loved breaking horses to ride and drive. He drove his horses and wagons in parades, wagon trains and draft horse competitions.In 2010 one of his greatest achievements was his induction into the Montana Draft Horse “Teamsters Hall of Fame.”
Howard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vera, three sons: Rodney (Sandy) of Miles City, MT., Darrell (Sherry) of Hamilton, MT., and Garth (Lois) of Glendive, MT. and one daughter Cheryl (Tom) of Scottsdale, AZ. Grandchildren: Lisa, Jodie, Larry, Cotton, Cody, Lindsey, Joy and Polly, his great-grandchildren Kayla, Colton, Taylor, Madison, and Hailey. Howard is also survived by his sister Dorothy Caldwell of Palos Verdes, CA.
Howard is preceded in death by his mother Laura, father Wallace, sister Carol Wilbrecht and brother Roger.
Family to receive friends took place at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth on Thursday October 18, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Funeral Services were held at the Chapel of Stevenson & Son’s funeral Home of Forsyth on Friday October 19, 2012 at 11:00am. Burial took place at the Forsyth Cemetery following the services. A luncheon was served at the reception room at Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home of Forsyth.
Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with the arrangements and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.