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Lee Stram

Lee Neil Stram of Grass Valley died Sept. 5. He was 73.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518, Highway 49, Nevada City.

He was born May 22, 1937, the tenth of 12 children, to Emil and Hazel Hopewell Stram in Lisbon, N.D. He attended school in Lisbon and, following graduation, joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in Okinawa, Japan.

After a four-year tour of duty, Mr. Stram attended the College of Engineering in Santa Monica, Calif., and began a 34-year career with McDonald Douglas.

He married Kareen Rundblad on Feb. 22, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nev. During his years with McDonald Douglas, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Stram retired in 1994, and the Strams moved to Nevada County in 1998. He loved the outdoors, playing horseshoes, fishing and camping.

He served as exalted ruler for Grass Valley Elks and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge; he was also a member of American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kareen of Grass Valley; son, Kevin Stram of San Diego, and daughter, Colleen Stram of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; grandsons, Dylan, Logan and Wyatt; brother, Ted Stram of Henderson, Nev., and sisters Jeanette Viver of Henderson and Nancy Brekke of West Fargo, N.D.

Mr. Stram was preceded in death by his parents; and nine brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary Inc., Nevada City.

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