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John Aarestad

September 1, 1930 — January 12, 2010

A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in McHenry, ND. John Manley Aarestad, 79, longtime McHenry resident died in peace January 12, 2010. John was born September 1, 1930 in McHenry, ND the son of the late John Sr. and Marie (Torrison) Aarestad. He was raised and educated in McHenry and was owner and operator of the McHenry City Meat Market and Grocery for over four decades. John was a lifelong dedicated member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in McHenry where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years. A gifted self-taught musician, he played the organ, accordion, piano, guitar, mandolin, and violin. He also loved restoring antiques, played baseball in his youth, fished, hunted and was a member of the McHenry Fire Department. An avid historian, he enjoyed traveling through out the upper Midwest researching historical sites, creating miniature replicas of buildings and communities and reading our country’s history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and John Aarestad Sr., three brothers, Elton, Burton and Wesley. John is survived by his Aunt – Olivia Miller; sister-in-law – Judell Aarestad; three nieces and four grandnieces.
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