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Monte Aaron Reis, age 60, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Pastor John Miles will officiate.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., immediately prior to services.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Reis, Desi Reis, Vance Reis, Andrew Fryer, Rob Martin, Justin Walker, Sig Sivertson and Shannon Flinn.
Monte was born on May 2, 1958, in Seattle, WA, to Bernard and Irene (Fischer) Reis. He attended Evergreen High School until the 10th grade. Monte went to work making signs and as a laborer he had many different jobs. At 15 years old, Monte, along with his sister, Val, first met Penny Farris. Many years passed and the two met again in their adulthood, rekindling their relationship. In 1992, Monte and Penny moved to South Dakota to be closer to his sister, nieces, and nephews. In 1995, Monte and Penny’s daughter, Kelly, was born.
On December 5, 2002, Monte and Penny married in Watertown, SD, where Monte continued to work making and painting signs. Monte’s hobbies included camping, doing body work such as detailing, sketching and collecting eagles. He enjoyed teaching his entire family, particularly, little Raelynn, how to fish and spent as much time fishing as possible. He also loved animals, especially eagles. His greatest loves, however, were his wife, Penny, and their granddaughter, Raelynn, his family, and his dog, Buddy.
Monte is survived by his wife, Penny, of Watertown; his children: Wendy Sorenson of Watertown, Cammie Diciolla of California, and Kelly Reis of Watertown; his foster children: Justin Walker of Watertown, Heather Martin of Watertown, and Faith Szelagowski of Wisconsin; his granddaughter, Raelynn Lauseng, and one grandchild on the way; his brother, Kenneth Reis, of Watertown; one sister, Valerie Barnes, of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.
Monte was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Scott Reis.