John Kiel, 86, of Wahkon, Minn., formerly of Falcon Heights, died May 24 in Onamia. He was born in Pease, Minn., and married Stella Wessman on April 16, 1949. They lived in Falcon Heights for 40 years while John worked for Northern States Power Co. in a variety of positions, including lineman, foreman, instructor and safety control.

John was a member of Rose Hill Alliance Church while living in Falcon Heights. He loved working on church projects and on the construction of Camp Big Sandy in McGregor, Minn.

He is survived by his wife; children Richard (Carole), Debra (John) Merritt and Michael (Kristin); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry (Lorna) and Lester (Marge); and his sisters-in-law, Lorraine Kiel and Loree Vanman.

His funeral was held May 29 at Milaca Evangelical Free Church, with interment at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca.

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