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E. Reuel Tiesel

E. Reuel Tiesel

May 10, 1950 - March 21, 2007

WILLMAR -- E. Reuel Tiesel, 56, of Shakopee, formerly of Willmar, died Wednesday at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina after a battle with cancer.

The service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Shakopee. There will be a private burial.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Horizon International or the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

He was born May 10, 1950, in Anderson, Ind., to Walter and Margaret (Chambers) Tiesel. He grew up in Barbados, West Indies.

He married Judy Watson on Aug. 12, 1972, in Walla Walla, Wash. He attended graduate school in Indiana and was ordained in the Church of God in Anderson, Ind. He served congregations in Virginia, Maryland and Minnesota. He served as a pastor at the Willmar Church of God for seven years. He also worked in individual, couple's and family therapy. He worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota and also had a private practice where he specialized in trauma issues.

He is survived by his wife; children: Aaron of Shakopee, Marci of Minneapolis, Cory of New York, N.Y.; his mother of Indiana, and two siblings: Rod (and Cheryl) Tiesel of Illinois and Dorcas (and Dave) Shallers of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his father.