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March 2, 1925 – Friday, June 24, 2016

Service Information
Lakewood Chapel, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, June 30, 2016
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Lakewood Chapel, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, June 30, 2016
9:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Lester Pierre Vognsen, age 91, of Otsego, Minnesota and formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 at The Wellstead of Rogers.

He was born on March 2, 1925 in Washburn, Iowa the son of Christian and Jenny (Grarup) Vognsen.

Lester is a proud Veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII.

On September 17, 1946, Lester P. Vognsen and Letty M. Gustafson were joined in holy marriage at The Covenant Church in Albert City, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Lester and Letty worked side by side for twenty-five years at their Coast-to-Coast Store in Marshalltown, Iowa. Lester later worked real estate in Florida for many years.

He formerly belonged to The Central Christian Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. In Marshalltown, Iowa, Lester was former president of the country club, involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Lion’s Club.

Lester and Letty enjoyed traveling.

Survived by children: Sherlyn (Wayne) Valentin of San Antonio, Texas, Mark (Cynthia) Vognsen of Otsego, Minnesota, Monte Vognsen of Madison, Wisconsin and Julie Vognsen of North Carolina; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his wife, Letty Vognsen; and parents: Christian and Jenny Vognsen.

Funeral services for Lester Vognsen will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Lakewood Chapel in Minneapolis. Pastor Lindy Purdy will officiate and entombment will follow.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 ½ hour prior to services at Lakewood Chapel in Minneapolis.

Casket bearers will be Lester’s grandchildren: Robin, April, Ashley and Lester’s great-grandchildren: Joey, Ryan, Tevin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to City of Hope, 1500 E Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael, Minnesota. 763-497-5362.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Richard Goodwin

    So sad but I hope to meet up with Les again some day. I feel very fortunate to have had Les in my life. I was one of his and Letty employee’s when they owned their Coast-To-Coast store. I have many great memories of both. Les was a blessing to all that came to know him.

  2. Lorell Chapman

    My family and I have lost a wonderful friend who was always smiling, upbeat and compassionate and a joy to be around. Am so thankful for all the fond memories my late husband and I had had with him and Letty on the golf course and at Lions Club functions. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to all of his family.


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