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Paul Hans Reis, age 87, of New Rockford, ND passed away peacefully on the evening of April 20, 2022. He was at home in the loving care and comfort of his wife, Janice.

Paul was born January 30, 1935, at the city hospital in New Rockford, ND. He was the fourth child and only son of Katherine and Paul Reis. He could remember getting a quarter to go to the movies in town and being able to also get a pop and popcorn and still take home a nickel.

Paul graduated from high school at St. James Academy in 1953 and attended one year of college at Wahpeton, ND for general mechanics.

Paul knew early on that he always wanted to farm. His career in farming started out west of town on the Schaefer farmstead where they lived for 14 years. They then moved south of New Rockford which was the Gerdes farm in 1969. Paul and Janice received the opportunity to purchase this farmstead in 1975 and it became the Reis Rocky Run farm.  He was always most comfortable in blue jeans and in a John Deere tractor for he had a deep love for the land.

Paul met the love of his life, Janice, while he was in high school and they were married on June 4th, 1955. Together their union was 66 ½ years. Paul’s hobbies were hunting, fishing and he would also say that farming was his favorite hobby.  His absolute joy and satisfaction was owning his own farm.

Paul was a member of St John’s Catholic Church and an Eagles club member.

Together Paul and Janice welcomed six children into their home, Diane, Vicki, Curtis, Kenny, Debbie and Scott. Curtis passed away in 1977 from a farm accident.

Paul is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Janice of 66 ½ years; his children, Diane (John) Odstrcil, Victoria (Louis) Schaefer, Kenneth (Denise) Reis, Debra (Jim) Moos and Scott (Gayle) Reis. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Katherine, sisters Lucille, Wynona and Dorothy, son Curtis, and grandchildren Lisa Nihill and Kari Reis.

When asked how Paul would want to be remembered he said, “being able to purchase my own farm and the love for the land”. His message to all is to show kindness, help your neighbor whenever you can, and always remember to say “Thank you”.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association and the New Rockford Community Ambulance.

Paul’s Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00PM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home and continuing from 6:00PM – 7:00PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at the St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 10:00AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

His Burial will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.

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26 Comments

  1. Hugs and prayers!

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  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss Paul around town.

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  3. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was a great friend and he will be missed

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  4. Sending sympathy to Diane and all of her family.

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  5. May he Rest In Peace. My sympathy to all of his family and friends. Always enjoyed it when he and Kenny came into the FSA office.

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  6. Thinking of all the Reis families and especially Janice. Sending hugs and prayers. I am Sure the boys will miss Paul’s trips to the farm to checkup on things. Janice, I have your Christmas card up on my wall. Every time I pass it I’ll be sending you a virtue hug

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  7. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you.

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  8. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Have fond memories over many years. Remember his Mom too. Thinking of you all. Janice sending our sympathy & a hug dear lady.
    Rest In Peace Paulie.♥️

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  9. Paul was a great uncle and freind l will miss him

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about Paul , always enjoyed talking to him at the cafe, he always had a big smile…

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  11. Hugs and prayers to the Reis Family🙏

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  12. So sorry RIP

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  13. Dear Reis family, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts.

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  14. What can I say – Uncle Paul was the best! He is in heaven now with Mom & Wynona and they are all watching over us, laughing & reminiscing!
    His hard work paid off and now may he rest in peace🙏❤️

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  15. Prayers and Sympathy, to all Paul’s family, remembering another great soul from our greatest generation! May he Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father.

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  16. Kenny and Denise and families–I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all and prayers for comfort in the weeks to come.

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  17. Love and prayers to the Reis family🙏❤️

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  18. Prayers for the Reis Family

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  19. My sincere condolences and prayers to the Reis family. 🙏

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  20. I got to know Pauly (he was always Pauly to me) early in life. We rode the bus with his kids. He made farmers out of Kenny and Scott, and Curty was on his way! He was Mr. Positive & moved quick! He always would stop to visit a minute or two and always left you with something funny to think about.
    I have listened to Paul Harvey’s “God Made a Farmer” many times. I would have to say this was Pauly.
    Certainly sorry for your family’s loss but let the great memories he left you be your comfort.
    Very honored to have known him.

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  21. Saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We have many fond memories of Paul. Gary always enjoyed talking farmland values and picking his brain for insight since he is inheriting ND farmland. Sorry we are unable to attend the funeral. Janice, we hope your adjustment to living without Paulie isn’t too rough. You are blessed with many memories, children and 66 years of marriage. Our condolences, Gary and Connie

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  22. Im sorry to hear of Pauls passing. I will always remember his smile. He was a friendly nice man. God Bless. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family.

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  23. My you rest in peace. You deserve the peace. You were a great uncle and great friend to many people. Enjoyed the time that you taught the city kids about the farm life as we were staying with the Reis family. One of most important times of my childhood.

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  24. Condolences to the Reis family

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  25. Condolences to all of the Reis family

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  26. Prayers from Mickey and Vivian Whetham’s family to Pauly’s family. May You and Dad catch that big one that always got away. May you rest in peace.

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