Ralph Theodore Markee of North Andover

1924 - 2024

US Veteran United States Marine Corps


May 19, 2024
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home


May 20, 2024
11:00 a.m.
St. John the Evangelist Church

Mr. Ralph Theodore Markee of North Andover, MA , at age 99, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Greystone Farm Assisted Living in Salem, NH.

He was married to Joan K. (Allen) Markee , the love of his life, who passed on October 17, 1991.  Several years later he remarried Dorothy T. (Kelleher)(Kelly) Markee who passed in 2018.

Born in Lowell, MA on December 29, 1924, the son of the late Mr. Edward L. Markee and Mrs. Salome Lawton Kershaw.  He attended the Lowell School System.

He served over three years active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and over 26 years in the U.S. Marines where he served his country during the Korean Conflict. A Marine, through and through, he served as a sergeant major until retiring in May of 1977.

Over the years he was employed with Markus Motors in Lowell, MA, Auto Electric Services Co. in Manchester, NH, and from 1952 to 1958 he was a partner with Thomas Quinn in the Merrimack Valley Dairy Transportation Co., and then Shop & Shop as the transportation manager in Boston, MA and North Haven, CT, until he retired in 1986.

He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church of North Andover, MA.

He is survived by four daughters and one son. Leah and her husband, Edward, Bedell of Salt Lake City, UT, Cynthia and her husband, Ron, Henderson of Williamsburg, VA, Mary Beth and her husband, Lars, Borgwing of Vero Beach, FL, and Katherine and her husband, William, Vasel, Jr. of Pepperell, MA, a son Ralph T. Markee, Jr. and wife Kathleen of Pepperell. As well he is survived by 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He had an older sister, Eunice Blanchard of Port Huron, MI, who passed in 2017. She was one of the first women core of engineers who served under General Eisenhower. Ralph, a year younger that Eunice, financially supported her in the completion of her education to ensure her success.



MARKEE, of NORTH ANDOVER, MA died May 13, 2024. Ralph Theodore Markee. Funeral Monday May 20, 2024 at 10AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11AM at St. John the Evangelist Church. Visiting hours Sunday May 19, 2024 from 1:00-4:00PM at The Dolan Funeral Home. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA. 01701-9376 ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. www.dolanfuneralhome.com

1 Condolences for Ralph Theodore Markee of North Andover

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    Robin D'Arcangelo


    Many condolences & prayers sent to all of you! Ralph was greatly loved and will be very, very missed at Greystone by all of us. I always loved when he visited me at the desk for our conversations. He loved to talk about family and little bits about the military. The angels surround him now and will watch over him and Ralph will be lovingly watching over all of you!



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