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Lester Albin Clausen

Lester Albin Clausen, age 92, of Savage, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at his home.

A memorial service will take place Wednesday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato.

Lester was born May 25, 1917, in Annandale, the son of Axel and Myrtle (Johnson) Clausen. When Lester was 7 years old, his family moved to Hines.

Lester entered the Army in 1941, during WWII. He received his training in Ireland, Scotland, and England, before tours in North Africa in 1943, and Italy in 1944. He served with the 175th Field Artillery, 34th Division, Fifth Army. While in North Africa, he was the number-one man on 105 Hauser.

Lester returned home in March of 1945, and was united in marriage to Adeline Peterson of Minneapolis June 16, 1945.

Lester and Adeline spent several years in Hines, where Lester worked in lumber; and several years in Minneapolis working at ADM.

In 1978, Lester and Adeline moved to Cokato. Sadly, in 1987, Lester lost his wife, Adeline, after 42 years of marriage.

Later, Lester married Rosella Heidenreich and moved to Monticello.

In 2008, he moved to Savage to live with his son, Jerry, and daughter-in-law Pamela.

Lester is deeply missed by his family and friends. He was very special to many people.

He is survived by his children, Jerry (Pamela) Clausen of Savage, Virginia (Daniel) Johnson of Cokato, and Stanley (Anita) Clausen of Pine City; 10 grandchildren, Jenny Sampson, Jerid Clausen, Josh Clausen, Katie Clausen, Bruce Johnson, David Johnson, Darren Johnson, Laura Johnson, Lisa Johnson, and Ben Clausen; and nine great-grandchildren, Andrew, Lauren, Dana, Beau, Brady, Seth, Hallie, Sawyer, and Aaron.

Lester is further survived by his wife, Roselia, sisters June Shuneson, Arlys Brown, and Lyda Cocking; sister-in-laws June Clausen and Dorothy Clausen; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife, Adeline, Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Myrtle; and brothers Carl, Leland, Walter, and Clifford.