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Claris Greenland

Claris Greenland

Nov. 1, 1918-Dec. 29, 2013

Claris D. Greenland, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.

Claris was born the son of Albert and Henrietta (Maesberg) Greenland on November 1, 1918, in Purdum, Neb. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 23, 1941, during World War II.

Claris received an honorable discharge on October 16, 1945, as a master sergeant. He was united in marriage to Frieda Miller. They made their home in Purdum until 1959, when they moved to rural Callaway.

Claris owned and operated a cattle farm for many years. After his wife of 51 years, Frieda passed away on February 10, 1994, he moved to his home on Buffalo Lake.

Claris married Rosemary Watson in Detroit Lakes and they made their home on Buffalo Lake.

Surviving Claris are his wife, Rosemary Greenland of Detroit Lakes; two sons, Richard (Barbara) Greenland of Dent and Joe Greenland of Minooka, Ill.; two daughters, Beverly (John) Knaus of Tyler, Texas, and Brenda (Jeffery) Bess of Haymarket, Va.; six grandchildren, Nathan, Peter, Alex, Megan, Kaitlyn and Matthew; two great grandchildren, Melanie and Liam; and one sister, Klyda Steele of Lincoln, Neb.

Preceding Claris in death were his parents and first wife, Frieda.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at the United Methodist Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

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