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  Thief River Falls - Jon Metusalem, 83, died on Friday, January 14, 2005 at his home in Thief River Falls.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Gerry Eggers officiating. Casket bearers will include Mark Metusalem, Ross Metusalem, Dr. Ben Sayler, Ingo Metusalem, Tim Sayler and David Beito.
 Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday (today), January 19, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday evening and at the church for one hour prior to services on Thursday.
 Jon Metusalem was born May 22, 1921 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the son of Metusalem Stefansson and Gudny Olafsdottir. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith.  Jon moved from Iceland in 1944 to attend the University of Minnesota. He graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.  Following college he taught Agriculture in Goodridge, Minneota and Thief River Falls.
 On July 17, 1952, Jon was united in marriage to Catherine Feller Anderson in Minnesota City. The couple lived in Minneota until 1954, when they moved to Thief River Falls. In 1963 he started his own business, Thief River Realty, which he owned and operated until his retirement in the late 1990s. 
 Jon was instrumental in the building of the Heritage Center in Thief River Falls where he served on the Board and served as President.   He was active in Republican politics, enjoyed his work with Northern State Bank and enjoyed visiting his brother, Ingo and sister-in-law, Jennifer in Palm Springs, in the last winters. Jon was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
 Jon is survived by children, Mary Lou Anderson of Sausalito, Calif., Mark (Barbara) of Sylvania, Ohio, and Marcia (Michael) Beloved of Guyana, South America; five grandchildren; and one brother, Ingo (Jennifer) Metusalem of Palm Springs, Calif.
 He was preceded in death by wife, Catherine in 1996; and his parents.  A00003B2005JA19