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Rees D. Alden, 49

Rees Donald Alden, age 49, of rural Annandale, died quietly in his sleep Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

A Celebration of Life luncheon and fellowship for friends will take place Sunday, Nov. 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at 8845 State Highway 55, Annandale.

A private memorial gathering and internment also took place at United Lutheran Church Oct. 19.

Rees was born March 3, 1964, in Watertown, to Leonard and Donna Alden. He grew up on the family farm, and attended school in Delano. Rees then moved to rural Annandale, where he has lived for the past 20 years.

He farmed with his father, and worked for Etchit of Buffalo, and then drove truck for Transystems, a subcontractor for the southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Co-op in Renville.

Rees will be remembered as an easy-going and generous man, known by his friends as the “gentle giant” and “Rees’s pieces.”

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.