Jerome Anthony Biessener, age 86, of Nevis Minnesota passed away on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND. He was born on January 23, 1934 in Akeley, MN to Mathias and Clara Biessener.
Jerome resided in Akeley, MN where he graduated from high school, before enlisting in the United States Army in November 1953. He received the National Defense Service Metal, Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Metal, Good Conduct Metal, GO 21 Hq 32nd Infantry. Jerome was honorably discharged in September 1955. After his discharge from the Army, Jerome was a very active member of the Akeley Community as the President and Secretary of the local Lions Charter, over 40 years as the President and Secretary of the Akeley Cemetery Association and life member of the Akeley VFW and Hackensack Legion. He served as the President of the Akeley Catholic Parish Council, Chairman of the Akeley School Board for 15 years and was a member of the AFL - CIO. He was an Employee of the State of MN for over 30 years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Mathias and Clara Biessener, sisters Mary, Marjorie, and Kathryn. Brothers Ralph, Bernard, Joseph and grandson Jesse Sells.
Jerome is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene (Westgaard) Biessener of Nevis, sisters Louise Czeczok of Park Rapids, Irene Sterner of Muscatine, IA and Lorraine (Don) Schmitz of Oak Grove, MN. Children Rox (Quin) Wattenberg of Nevis, Donna (Mark) Murray of Akeley, Michael (Lori) Biessener of Jeffersontown, KY and Mark (Kris) Biessener of Akeley and 11 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside Memorial Mass will begin at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 22nd at the Akeley Cemetery in Akeley, MN. All are welcome! Military honors accorded by the Spencer Ross American Legion Post 134 of Walker, MN. A luncheon will follow burial at the Red River Bar and Grill in Akeley, MN.
Jerome’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com.
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