Jeffrey Scott Aarness, 51, of Hastings, Minn., died in his home of natural causes.
Jeff was born on June 15, 1962, and grew up in Barnesville. He attended and graduated from the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in 1981. While there he was an outstanding athlete and was voted homecoming king his senior year.
Following his graduation, he worked by his father's side for many years at Haugen Masonry, and had a hand in building many familiar structures in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including the Fargodome and the Concordia bell tower.
After leaving Haugen Masonry, he had his most rewarding "job" - being a stay-at-home dad and raising his two precious children. Most recently he worked as a head custodian at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Jeff was a loving father, son and brother. He was funny, kind, generous and was the type of man who would give you the shirt off his back. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children Kate and Daniel Aarness of Barnesville; his parents, Verlin and Carol Aarness of Vergas; his sister Kathy (Kurt) Keena of Hastings; his brothers Eric (Brenda) Aarness of Stillwater, Minn., and Philip (Anne) Aarness of St. Paul; his nieces and nephews, Liz Keena, Tayler Aarness, Ashlyn Aarness, Dylan Aarness and Mason Aarness; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, preceded by one hour of visitation, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, 609 U.S. Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with David Donehower Funeral Home (www.daviddonehower.com).