Alan Bruce Cleveland

Alan Bruce Cleveland, age 65, passed away on November 8, 2019, at Grand Village in Grand Rapids, MN. Al was born on January 26, 1954, in Minneapolis MN. He grew up in Richfield, the middle child of Bill and Evelyn Cleveland. He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1975. He and Diane, his wife of 34 years, lived many years in the Elk River area until Diane passed away in 2007. Al then moved to the Effie area. In 2013, he married Linda Jacobson and together they had many friends in the Effie area. Al loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and wrenching on small engines. He enjoyed nature and birdwatching and fulfilled his dream to live in the north country during retirement. He was a member of the American Legion in Effie and served on the Color Guard in the Bigfork/Effie area. Al was preceded in death by his father Bill, his wife Diane, and granddaughter Elyce. He is survived by his wife Linda Jacobson; children, Nicole Ose (Keven) and Adam Cleveland; step-children, Jason Riggs and Holly McMan; five granddaughters and six step-grandchildren; his mother, Evelyn Cleveland of Minneapolis; siblings Dave (Kathy) Cleveland, Rena (Frank) Cleveland, Martha (Tom) Venema, and Tom (Kim) Cleveland, all of the Minneapolis area. A Memorial service for Alan will be held at the Elk River American Legion, 525 Railroad Dr., Elk River, MN on November 21, 2019 at 4 p.m. with gathering of friends and family at 3 p.m. Full Military Honors will be accorded the Elk River American Legion. Arrangements made by Carroll Funeral Home of Bigfork, MN.

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Adam, Nikki and Cleveland Family

My Thoughts are with you all. As you grieve the loss of your Dad, Son and Brother, I wanted you to know how much I have been thinking of you.

Al told me a story some time ago after Diane passed that, I agreed with him, that it was a sign. A single female Cardinal arrived in the tree outside their Effie Home. Al said Cardinals normally did not come that far north and since Cardinals were so special to them both he was convinced the Cardinal was a sign from Diane that she was OK and Free. And visited him often.

Saturday Morning as I was talking to Nikki and Adam as they drove home from Grand Rapids with Rena trailing them, I saw this mean old Blue Jay show up in my yard. Shortly thereafter, 3 Female Cardinals flew into my back yard, proceeded to scare off the Blue Jay, and as soon as he disappeared , 2 of the Female Cardinals left and the beautiful Red Male Cardinal showed up sitting in the tree with the remaining Female in my tiny French Lilac Tree. They sat there for the longest time together. As I watched with tears in my eyes I felt it was

my sign from Diane. She had Al by her side and they were both OK and Al finally free of his earthly pain was able to fly free by her side.

It brought some peace to my heart to know this. I hope you can find peace in your hearts as Al freed himself from his extended pain and now can look over his Children and Grandchildren, watch over them as he flies free and has found his way to Peace and Heavenly Tranquility.

My Deepest Sympathies to you All.

Jeannette Edwards Doran

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