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62 Years Later, Missing St. Cloud Soldier Will Be Laid to Rest [AUDIO]

Gail Tenvoorde and brother Jim Reimer with a photo of "Fuzzy" (Abby Faulkner)

ST. CLOUD – It’s a story you don’t often hear – an 18 year old soldier, lost in battle, identified over 60 years later and brought back to his hometown for a long overdue funeral and memorial service.

This is the story of Francis John Reimer, known to family as “Fuzzy.” Reimer disappeared in 1950 while fighting for the U.S. Army in the Chosin Reservoir area of Korea.

Earlier this summer, Fuzzy’s family was informed that, thanks to advanced DNA testing using genetic material from his mother and sister, his remains have been positively identified.

Reimer’s younger sister, St. Cloud resident Gail Tenvoorde, says she always knew her brother had been killed in Korea, but the closure she’s gotten from the news has given her a new sense of happiness and relief.

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Tenvoode says while most members of her family didn’t get the chance to know Fuzzy, after 62 years, she’s never forgotten him.

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Tenvoorde says commemorating Fuzzy’s life has truly been a full family affair. Fuzzy’s remains are being escorted back to St. Cloud by his great-nephew, who is a Marine, in time for a memorial service.

Francis John “Fuzzy” Reimer will be buried with full military honors at 10:30 a.m on Saturday at United Church of Christ in St. Cloud.

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