Lester C. Handeland
A visitation for Lester Handeland will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Estherville. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. Randy James will officiate.
Interment will be in Wallingford Cemetery in Wallingford. Emmetsburg V.F.W. Post #2295 will provide Military Graveside Rites. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lester Clifford Handeland, son of Andrew and Susie Handeland, was born Feb. 28, 1926 near Dolliver.
He graduated from Dolliver High School. Following high school, Lester attended college until he enlisted in the United States Navy.
He served on the U.S.S. Sitka and the U.S.S. Meriwether in the South Pacific during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the service, Lester returned to the Dolliver area where he farmed.
On Feb. 28, 1948 Lester was united in marriage to Lois Williams at the United Methodist Church in Dolliver. They made their home in rural Dolliver and rural Estherville for many years. They later moved to Estherville and Emmetsburg.
Lester and Lois worked together on the farm, as well as owning and operating the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store and a furniture store. Lester also had several rental properties that he and Lois managed and remodeled. He still owned and managed an apartment house in Emmetsburg, at the time of his death. He was a gifted carpenter and was able to fix nearly anything.
Lester was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Estherville and the V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg. Lester looked forward to attending Chamber Coffee held on Fridays at various locations throughout Emmetsburg.
Lester passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at his home in Emmetsburg at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 2016; his son Danial; two brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Tim and Donna Handeland of Estherville, daughter-in-law, Jeanne Handeland of Wallingford; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and two sisters.
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