Holt – Clifford Nils Reierson, 82 of Holt, died peacefully on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Thief River Care Center with his family by his side. May he be united with his family who have gone before him and his Lord in Heaven.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt with Rev. Cathie Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at the Holt Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, and one hour prior to the funeral.
Clifford Nils Reierson was born during a snowstorm on November 16, 1934 at the home of his grandparents Ole and Allette Reierson on the family farm in Excel Township, the son of Oscar and Clara (Ness) Reierson. He was baptized and confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church where he was a lifetime member.
Cliff’s grandparents immigrated from Norway and his parents raised him with good values and a strong pride for his Norwegian heritage.
Cliff’s early years were spent working and playing on the farm and attending Holt Elementary School. At the age of 10, Cliff began his work career doing farm chores for their neighbor, Elmer Ode. He attended Newfolden High School, graduating in 1952. After high school, Cliff worked for the Great Northern Railroad.
On September 29, 1956 Cliff was united in marriage to Jeanette Eva Grabanski at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. During the next forty years, he worked in Thief River Falls and continued farming. First at Western Oil, then Sjoberg’s, Land o’ Lakes, and finally Cenex, where he retired in 1996.
With Jeanette’s help, along with their three children: Marty, Marcy and Mark, Cliff continued to farm. His work was his greatest interest and he was known for being practical, honest and dependable. For the past 7 years, Cliff has resided at the Thief River Care Center. His bright blue eyes and smile brought happiness to those around him.
Cliff had many lifelong friends and enjoyed hunting, fishing, drinking coffee, driving around the countryside and watching old westerns.  He also liked to dance, play cards and go to auction sales. He was happiest when working with friends or family on the farm.
He was a member of the Nazareth Church Council and Holt Cemetery Board, Eagles, served on the Marshall County Thrivent  Board, and was a Marshall County Social Services Driver. After his retirement, Cliff enjoyed driving truck during the sugar beet harvest.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jeanette of Holt; daughter Marcy (Dr. Craig) Mickelson, Thief River Falls; son Mark (Jody) Reierson, Holt; and daughter-in-law Gloria Reierson, Thief River Falls. Five grandchildren: Paul Reierson, Amy Reierson, Andrea Reierson, Adam Reierson, all of Thief River Falls; and Brady (Katy) Reierson of Holt. Two great-grandchildren: Elena Staite and Addalynn Reierson of Thief River Falls. Sister-in-laws: Phyllis Martin, Shoreview; Rose Eichorn, Andover; brother-in-law: James Martin, Shoreview; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Clara Reierson, son Marty Reierson (1957-2016) and infant grandson Luke Reierson (1974); brother and sister-in-law Vernon and Maxine Reierson; sister-in-law: Audrey Rude, brother-in-laws Ernest Rude and Bruce Eichorn and niece Jill Rude.

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