Bernard “Bernie” Leroy Reel, 79, Shelly, MN, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  He was born on November 13, 1934 to Daniel and Nora Reel in Caledonia, ND. 

Bernie served in the United States Air Force from 1957-1961 at Schilling AFB in Salina, KS.  For several years he worked as a lineman.  Bernie retired from the sugar beet factory.

He is survived by his children, Michael Reel, Chinook, MT; Roxanne (Terry) Townsend, Chinook, MT; Patricia Anderson, McVille, ND; Thomas Reel, Franklin, MN; and Rebecca Reel Jevne, Grand Forks, ND; siblings, Darlene Sumpter, Butte, MT; and Norma Wold, Goodrich, MN; brother-in-law, Vernon Tronnes, Shelly, MN;  grandchildren, Tara (Levi) Hofeldt, Josh (Trina) Reel, Annastasia Boeddeker, Jessica Reel, Jake Reel, Daniel Reel; and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 29 years, Mildred A. Otterson Reel; siblings, Daniel, Ethel, Thelma, Deane, Irene Tronnes, Marvin and Kenny Michelson, and Beulah Sheridan; and grandson, Nathaniel Mark Boeddeker.

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  1. I thank God I got to see you one last time, to hold your hand as you made your journey *home*! I love you and miss you!

  2. Miss Me But Let me Go
    Author unknown

    When I come to the end of the day,
    And the sun has set for me.
    I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
    Why cry for a soul set free?
    Miss me a little, but not too long,
    And not with you head bowed low.
    Remember the love we once shared—
    Miss me, but let me go.
    For this is a journey we all must take,
    And each must go alone.
    It’s all part of the maker’s plan,
    A step on the road to home.
    When you are lonely and sick at heart
    Go to the friends we know.
    And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds—
    Miss me, but let me go.

  3. Fargo ND
    My brother Marvin read about Bernard in the Forum yesterday and let the Marvin Mickelson family know. Our Prayer are with the family. I have many memories in my childhood of Bernie, he was always fun and full of life. I last talked to him at Irene’s Tronnes funeral. Marvin & I will try to make to to the service tomorrow.

    Our thoughts are with you

    Nancy Haley (Mickelson)

  4. Fargo ND
    To the family of Bernard Reel. So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. Please know that Jeff and I are thinking of you in this difficult time.

  5. Daddy you are still though of with love and missed more then anyone knows! I love you Daddy!

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