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John MacRae

John MacRae 91 of Webster died on Monday, May 09, 2011 at Strand-Kjorsvig Community Rest Home in Roslyn. Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster. Marion Grimes will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Hillside Cemetery near Lily. John Perley MacRae was born on New Years Day, Thursday, January 1, 1920 at Lucknow, Ontario, Canada to John Duncan and Okey Amanda (Reynolds) MacRae. When he was a small child he moved with his mother to the Detroit Lakes and Moorhead, Minnesota areas. He attended school there. He also resided in South Dakota in his early years and worked in the Lily and Webster areas, threshing with a team of horses for area farmers. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941, Battery A 80th Field Artillery Battalion until 1945. He then re-enlisted in January 1948 and belonged to Company C 538th Engineering Battalion and served in the Asian-Pacific Theatres, including the Philippines and New Guinea. While in the Army, he resided in many different locations, such as Wisconsin, Germany, Arizona, Kentucky and in Aberdeen, South Dakota after he retired from the military. He married Phyllis Berdine Aadson of Lily on February 18, 1948 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Webster. Together they had seven children. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February 1998, just prior to the passing of his wife, Phyllis in May. He retired from the Army in 1963 and they lived briefly in Aberdeen before moving to Washington State in 1966. While there, he began his eighteen year employment for the Boeing Company in Renton, Washington, retiring in 1983. He moved to Webster in August 2009. John passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Roslyn, South Dakota at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 8 days. Survivors include three daughters, Marcia (Rich) Solberg of Webster, SD, Mary (Russ) Jensen of Auburn, WA and Brenda MacRae of Bozeman, MT; two sons, John L. MacRae and Dallas L. MacRae both of Webster, SD; two sisters, Christine Marshall of Longview, WA and Ann Fisher of Centralia, WA; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, three brothers and three sisters.

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Hey dad, miss you lots and lots, think about you and mom every day.

Mary Jensen Jun 2 2011 12:00 AM

u will be missed. I love you

jesse macrae May 10 2011 12:00 AM

Marcia and Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories. Please let me know if there is anything you need. God Bless, Lana Holland

Lana Holland May 10 2011 12:00 AM

Grandpa, I know you are in a better place now, and in no more pain. I will miss you very much! You always knew how to make us all laugh... I will miss that the most! Like Jamie was saying "Watching you watching wrestling was better than actually watching wrestling!!" Your fists in the air, all upset and jumping outta your rocking chair, and then yelling out "Pin That Son of a B!T@H!!" Puts a smile on my face evrytime I think of it. Grandma is going to take good care of you now.... I Love You Grandpa!

Amy Lee May 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Dad, You will be missed very much,you were the best dad,grandpa,and greatgrandpa ever. you and mom are now together, raise some hell in heaven. I Love You very much. Mary

Mary May 10 2011 12:00 AM

I love you!!! I miss you grandpa!!! take care of grandma for us we will all see you some day!!

Ashley Jensen May 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dad, you will never know just how much you were loved and will be missed. I am so very thankful that you and Dallas moved out here, even if it were for only a couple of years. We got the opportunity to talk more to each other and actually get to know each other better. I know every time i would find a hint of information about our family, and yours in particular, we would be happy to find this information. I finally found Grandpa MacRae, your dad, and although at first you hesitated to talk about him, we finally did and it was a blessing. We had good laughs in these last few years and they will remain forever in my heart--- as will you. You and Mom are now together again. Take care of each other and my two brothers. Miss you and love you.

Marcia Solberg May 10 2011 12:00 AM

I love you and will miss you daddy. Thank you for being such a wonderful father and provider for our family. I will always be your "little squirrel". Go with God and be with Mom. You are out of pain now. Always know how much you are loved. Brenda

Brenda MacRae May 9 2011 12:00 AM

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Some of the family out to breakfast back in 2006. Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM