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Lester Jay Young, age 92, of Buffalo and formerly of Rockford passed away on October 5, 2022 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on October 8, 1929 in Garden City, SD the son of Vernon and Clara (Hartley) Young.

On July 26, 1949 Lester and Irene Alt were united in holy marriage in Waubay, SD.  God blessed their marriage with four children.  They farmed in South Dakota until moving to Maple Plain, MN in 1957.  He formerly worked 27 years for Hennepin County Park Reserves.  Lester enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a member of The United Presbyterian Church in Rockford.

Survived by his children Dale “Bucky” Young of Rockford, Doug (Teresa) Young of Buffalo, David (Cheryl) Young & Lori (Gary) Kottke all of St. Michael; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife, Irene M. Young on January 5, 2015, his parents, and by a brother Lloyd Young.

Funeral service for Lester Young will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM at United Presbyterian Church, Rockford.  Pastor Gale Reitan will officiate.  Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford.

A visitation will be held Friday, October 7th at The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home from 4-7 PM.  Further visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday.

Honorary casket bearers will be Dustin Kottke, Bridget Beran and Tabitha Phillips.

Casket bearers will Wayne Young, Justin Phillips, Cory Young, Tony Underwood, Michael Beran and Bob Strong.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Norm Grimy

    My condolence used to have coffee with Lester he will be missed

  2. Debra (Held)Fant, Oregon

    Just realizing that Lester has hung up his gardening boots and has joined your mom where the gardens must be heavenly. I just wrote him a letter and enjoyed feeling close to him but I just hadn’t heard the news. My heart goes out to all of you adult kids, spouses, grandchildren and other family and friends who will miss his smiles and gentle kind ways of being, his love of you, and his artistry in growing food and beauty. I’m grateful for his loyal friendship that goes back to 1957 when our dads met and worked together, the friend sharing about life, jokes, and all sorts of things we’ll never know, but there was an impressive bond of respect and friendship between them that I am so grateful was present. Your dad has been a friend to me in these later years, being one who remembers me as a tom-boy kid! I hope his passing was filled with grace and much love. May you find comfort in your memories of your dad. Thanks for sharing him.


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