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Obituary - Marcus Reece, 89

Marcus Paul Reece was born October 29, 1918 in Medelia, the son of Andrew and Alberta (Sogaarden) Reece. He grew up in and was schooled in rural Alberta, MN and Idyllwild, CA and later moved to Minneapolis where he graduated from Central High Sch...

Marcus Paul Reece was born October 29, 1918 in Medelia, the son of Andrew and Alberta (Sogaarden) Reece. He grew up in and was schooled in rural Alberta, MN and Idyllwild, CA and later moved to Minneapolis where he graduated from Central High School in 1938. Following high school he returned to the home farm at Farwell.

On July 3, 1953 Marcus was united in marriage to Rebekah Soberg in Minneapolis where the couple made their home. In 1960 the couple moved to the home farm near Farwell. They were blessed with eight children. In 1982 Marcus retired from farming. Marcus and Rebekah continued to live on the farm and rented out the property.

Community service was important to Marcus. He served his community as a member of the school board, the Trysil Cemetery board and the farm board. Marcus was a long-time member of the Lakeland United Pentecostal Church in Alexandria.

Marcus enjoyed fishing and duck and deer hunting in his earlier years. In his later years he continued to hunt deer. Marcus enjoyed traveling from Canada through Texas with his family. He liked to snowmobile with his family. Most important to Marcus was his church and family.

On Wednesday, December 26, 2007 Marcus died at the age of 89 years. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Oliver Reece and Leif Reece; and one sister, Agnes Reece.

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Marcus is survived by his wife, Rebekah of Farwell; six sons, Paul and wife, Ronita Reece, of Farwell, David Reece of Farwell, Rev. Joseph and wife, Anne Reece, of Moose Lake, James and wife, Debbie Reece, of Alexandria, Philip and wife, Michele Reece, of East Gull Lake, and Benjamin and wife, Debra Reece, of St. Paul; two daughters, Martha and husband, Rev. Scott Taylor, of Duluth, and Mary Beth and husband, Bart Ashworth, of Anoka; 25 grandchildren; and one first cousin, Odella Baak.

A funeral service was held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Lake Community Church in Alexandria. Rev. Roger Feiler of Lakeland United Pentecostal Church officiated. Renee Feiler provided music. Interment followed in Trysil-Bethesda Cemetery in Holmes City Township. Casket bearers included all of Marcus' sons.

Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, www.andersonfuneral.net .

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