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Morris Perna

Funeral Services were held for Morris Perna, age 80, on August 7, 2009, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN, with Pastor Daniel Seidelmann presiding. Internment was at Ft. Snelling.

Morris, of Golden Valley, passed away on August 2, 2009, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

Morris was born in Deer Creek Township on January 3, 1929, to Toivo and Hulda Perna and grew up in rural New York Mills, MN with his five brothers and four sisters. He attended country school, graduating from New York Mills High School. A veteran of the Korean War, he served his country from 1951-1953. He was attached to the Air Force Engineers, building an air landing strip in Korea. After Morris was discharged, he returned to New York Mills and married Arlene Emas. They were married for 55 years and raised five children. Morris worked at the New York Mills Elevator, and later at the Clarissa Feed Mill, and then retired from the Hennepin Co-op Feed Store in Golden Valley.

Morris and Arlene moved to Clarissa in 1959 and then to the Minneapolis area in 1977.

Morris was a proud member of the Golden Valley Chester Bird Legion and the Golden Valley VFW, where he served a term as post commander and later blood donor chairman. Many years earlier, while still living in New York Mills, he also served as their post commander, shortly after returning from Korea.

Spending time at their cabin on Battle Lake was Morris' favorite pastime. He liked to watch his flags fly and the grandchildren play in the lake. Morris will be best remembered for his wit and sense of humor.

Morris was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; son, Jamie; parents, Toivo and Hulda; and brothers, Vernon, Dennis and Alvin.

He is survived by children, Jarl, Janna (Gary) Luebben, Jay (Deb), and Jerene (Jason) Skeie; grandchildren Jill (Jesse), Travis (Alison), Darin, Lindsay, Elias, Tanner, Shelby, Connor, Sadie, Cameron and Emma; great-grandchildren Jordan, Jayna, Olivia and Emily; brothers, Marvin and Jim; sisters, Vi Hoeke, Vivian Neuvonen, Veria (Harold) Snethen, and Vanette (Gordy) Dykhoff, and sisters-in-law, Emeline Perna and Mamie Perna; numerous friends and relatives.