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John Phillip Reiss

September 17, 1932 — April 11, 2019

Memorial services for John P. Reiss, age 86, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at Bancroft Creek Estates, 75405 240th Street, in Albert Lea.  Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate.  Online condolences are welcome at


John died Thursday, April 11, 2019.


John Phillip Reiss was born on September 17, 1932 in DuQuoin, Illinois, the son of Harry and Sarah (Ryals) Reiss.  He grew up and attended school in DuQuoin.  On May 1, 1955, John was united in marriage to Ardine Albertsen in Moose Lake, Minnesota.  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 V.F.W. 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, Sherri King; grandchildren, Cara Plemmons, Nick Hoffman, Trevor Reiss; great-grandchildren, Nathan Plemmons, Christopher Plemmons, Wesley Plemmons, Jaena Tenore, Austin Reiss, Lucy Reiss; siblings, Harriet Ritter, Judy Behnke; and many nieces and nephews.


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


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