OTSEGO — Almond Dale Drone, 53, of Otsego, died on Saturday, March 4, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in St. Paul. Services for Almond will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Assembly of God Church in Staples, Minn., with Pastor Roy Miles officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples, Minn., from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment at Montrose Cemetery in Staples.
Almond was born on July 7, 1958, in Wadena, Minn., to Almond and Ethel (Lilly) Drone. He graduated from Staples High School and Staples Vo-Tech School to become a machine operator. Almond worked for Cornelius in Anoka for 23 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, cars, motorcycles and going to car shows. Almond also loved spending time with his family, being active in the church and reading the Bible.
Almond is survived by his stepmother, Betty Drone, of Staples, Minn.; siblings, Gary West, of Brainerd, Minn., Kerry (Margaret) West, of Wadena, Minn., Bruce Drone, of Staples, Minn., Norman (Shawna) Drone, of Verndale, Minn., Starr (Larry) Botzet, of Hutchinson, Minn., Dale (Kathy) Self, of Pillager, Minn., Ramona Self, of Brainerd, Minn., Jesse (KaAnn) Drone, of Staples, Minn.; brother-in-law, Wilbur Self, of Elk River, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. Almond is preceded in death by his parents, Almond and Ethel; sister, Lois; and brother, Joey West. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.
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