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Arnon R. Reese

Arnon R. Reese, 76, of Excelsior, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Arnon was born Feb. 5, 1927, in New Germany, the son of George E. and Ida A. (Pawelk) Reese. He was baptized Feb. 27, 1927, and confirmed May 4, 1941, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.

Arnon was a World War II veteran, and was a member of the New Germany America Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking "pig roast supreme," and was an avid Viking fan.

He was married to Patricia M. Donlin June 28, 1952, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Fred Pfotenhauer.

Arnon was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Barbara Reese, parents George and Ida Reese, sister Gloria Kohls, father-in-law and mother-in-law Joseph and Clara Donlin.

He is survived by his loving wife Pat, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Jean Reese of Carver, daughter and son-in-law Marie and Glen Selin of Becker, grandchildren Daniel, Han, Marshall, Mitchell, Troy and fiancee Lisa, Sheilah, and Jeremy.

Arnon is further survived by great grandchildren Justin and Cody, sisters and brother-in-law Lois Reese of Lynwood, Calif., Joanne and Don Crisanti of Crows Landing, Calif., brother and sister-in-law Arlo and Rita Reese of Rockford, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Earlan Kohls of Delano, Richard and Jan Donlin of Balsam Lake, Wis., and Nancy and Bill Swearengin of Mesa, Ariz.

He is also survived by aunts and uncle Arles Zellmann of New Germany, Marcella Pawelk of New Germany, Edwin Pawelk of Winsted, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services for Arnon Reese were Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Excelsior. The Rev. John Zahrte officiated the service.

Interment was at Crow River Cemetery, New Germany. The New Germany American Legion conducted military graveside services for Arnon.

Casketbearers were Craig Kohls, Scott Kohls, Bob Swearengin, Rich Swearengin, Ron Wischnack, Mike Huberty, and Clarke Nicholson.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia served the family.

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