Clarence Carl Riess, 96

Published 9:34 am Saturday, August 17, 2019

Clarence Carl Riess, 96, of Hayfield, Minnesota, and formerly of Rock Dell, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Clarence Carl Riess, 96

Clarence was born on Nov. 30, 1922, the son of John and Alvina (Schwanke) Riess in Rochester, Minnesota. He attended country school in Douglas, Minnesota. He always enjoyed being outside working in the field, gardening, mowing the lawn, going to McDonalds for a burger and coffee and visiting with people. Clarence enjoyed having family and friends come visit and have coffee. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Marlene; children, Darlene (Virgil) Paape, Carol (Gene) Wendelken and Larry (Cheryl) Riess; grandchildren, Matthew Paape, Brett (Kayla) Paape, Vanessa (James) Daugherty, Daniel Wendelken and Monica (Jennifer King) Riess; great-grandchildren, Travis (Abby) Paape, Maria (Victor Torrez) Paape, Michaela Paape, Emily Paape, and Katelynn Paape; great-great grandchildren, Briella Paape, Wyatt Torrez and Braxton Paape; brother-in-law, Allen Anderson; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Albert, Henry, Herbert, Lester, Walter, Harold and Kenneth; and seven sisters, Anna Roth, Rosie Sanford, Leona Messner, Francis Smith, Irene Meyer, Laura (infant) and Alvina (infant); and sisters-in-law, Gloria Anderson, Bernice Behl and Virginia (infant).

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The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 Third Ave. SE in Rochester.  Visitation will be one hour before the service on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Blessed be his memory. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit