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Reuben Francis Onell

Reuben Francis Onell, age 86, of Litchfield, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

He was born March 10, 1920 in Swede Grove Township, Minn., the son of Oscar and Edna (Walls) Onell. He grew up and received his education there, while helping on the family farm.

Reuben was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.

He enlisted in the US Navy Feb. 9, 1942 and served until Sept. 28, 1945. While in the Navy, Reuben continued his education, taking welding and machinist courses.

Reuben was united in marriage to Harriet Schipper Sept. 8, 1945 in Buffalo.

After his military discharge, Reuben returned home and purchased his Uncle Herman’s farm near Forest City. He engaged in farming and milking dairy cows on that farm, which became a Century Farm.

He loved spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Reuben is survived by his six children, Gary (Judi) Onell of Forest Lake, Randy Onell of Litchfield, Judi (Jerry) Roering of Sartell, Stephen Onell of White Bear Lake, Deb Onell of Rio, Wis., and Sundee (Brandon) Pietsch of Estes Park, Colo., 16 grandchildren, Todd Onell, Travis Onell, Tania (Steve) Melby, Jennifer (Trent) Langemo, Durand Onell, Amy (Andy) Twardy, Jarrod (Tamra) Roering, Jessica (Dave) Stonestrom, JoLee (Milan) Messerli, Cory (Kelli) Onell, Andrea (Jeff) Siegel, Jeff (Alissa) Onell, Katherine Onell, Kathryn Pietsch, Rebecca Pietsch and William Pietsch; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by a sister, Dolores Bergstrom of Grove City; nieces and nephews Lori Kingery, Melissa Bergstrom, Danny Onell, Doris Harding, and Jan Ehrlich and Jody Cronk; and other relatives and friends.

Reuben was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Donald and Carl.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Ostmark Lutheran Church with Pastor Melinda Melhus officiating. Interment was in Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield, with military honors provided by Admiral Benson V.F.W. Post 2818 of Litchfield.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 12 at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield from 5 to 8 p.m., and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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