Thief River Falls - Milton Reierson, 89, Thief River Falls, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
The funeral service to celebrate the life of Milton Reierson will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Rob Kopp officiating. Casket bearers include Lance Reierson, Andy Reierson,?Christopher Reierson, Ben Twite, Jeff Olson and Mike Olson. Honorary casket bearers include Arnold Narverud and Roger Tunberg. Military honors will be provided by Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793. Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, April 24 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday at church.
Milton Julius Reierson was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1925 in Thief River Falls, the son of Tilford Julius and Mildred “Millie” (Aspelund) Reierson. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Milt attended Northrop Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1943.
Milt entered into service with the United States Army in July of 1943. He was trained in Ft. Bliss, Texas, as a spotter for the air artillery during World War II in the European Theatre. Milt was Honorably Discharged and returned and attended the University of North Dakota.
On Sept. 14, 1947, Milt was united in marriage to Eileen Mae Froseth at the Methodist Church in Thief River Falls. There were four children born to this union, Richard, Roger, Ronald and Debra. Milt and Eileen lived their entire married life in Thief River Falls.
Milt worked for over 40 years at First Federal Savings & Loan and served as its president for over 30 years. He served as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls and has served as treasurer and a choir Member for over 50 years. Milt was a member of the American Legion Post 117 for over 60 years, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793, a member of the Elks Lodge 1308 and served as its Exalted Ruler, a member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and Shriners since 1968, and member and President of the Jaycees. Milt served on the Thief River Falls City Council in the 1960s and 1970s.
Milt was active in athletics. During his fastpitch softball career, he threw over 20 no-hitters and was actively recruited from teams across the state. He refereed basketball and football for many years. Milt was an avid golfer and bowler. One of Milt’s regrets is that he never bowled a 300 or had a hole-in-one…a trait he has passed on to his children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed visiting and rarely missed a family event. He liked to entertain family and friends and loved to travel.
Survivors include his loving children, Rick (Teresa) Reierson of Thief River Falls, Roger (Arlene) Reierson of Fargo, N.D., Ron (JoDee) Reierson of Thief River Falls, Deb (Mark) Twite of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Andy (Dr. Jennifer) Reierson, Alissa (Brian) Miller, Lance Reierson, Christopher Reierson, Brianna (fiancé, Banks Woodward) Reierson, Samantha Twite, Benjamin Twite; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Campbell, Brittyn, Sydney, Eli, and Bryson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Milt was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen on May 30, 2010; parents; granddaughter, Jennifer Reierson; sister, Ardith (Alfred) Mehus; brother, Gordon (Jeanette) Reierson; and sister-in-law, Barbara (Erling) Olson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.