John Reiss, 1932-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, April 20, 2019

Memorial services for John P. Reiss, 86, of Albert Lea will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Bancroft Creek Estates, 75405 240th St. in Albert Lea. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Online condolences are welcome at

John Reiss

John died Thursday, April 11, 2019.

John Phillip Reiss was born Sept. 17, 1932, in DuQuoin, Illinois, the son of Harry and Sarah (Ryals) Reiss. He grew up and attended school in DuQuoin.

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On May 1, 1955, John was united in marriage to Ardine Albertsen in Moose Lake.

John retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 22 years, 6 months and 28 days, which included time in Korea, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

John was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. and the Military Order of the Cootie. He enjoyed being busy with anything to keep him occupied.

John is survived by his wife, Ardine Reiss; children Brenda Hoffman, John C. Reiss and Sherri King; grandchildren Cara Plemmons, Nick Hoffman and Trevor Reiss; great-grandchildren Nathan Plemmons, Christopher Plemmons, Wesley Plemmons, Jaena Tenore, Austin Reiss and Lucy Reiss; siblings Harriet Ritter and Judy Behnke; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents Wheeler Duckworth and Sarah Ryals Duckworth; and brother, Robert Duckworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at