Lester Maas was born November 24, 1923, in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, north of Walnut Grove, MN to William and Lily (Kroschel) Maas. At the age of 11 he moved with his parents to a farm northeast of Sleepy Eye. He graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1941 and on January 21, 1951, he married Lois Ahle at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. Lester lived on this farm until 1989 when he and his wife moved to a condo in Sleepy Eye. Their son John and his wife Mary now live on that farm. After traveling for several years, Lester and Lois bought a winter home in Mesa, AZ in 1995 and would go there for 5 months from November to April. They enjoyed stained glass, painting, shuffleboard and games. Lester enjoyed farming, with the first years using horses. He grew and sold certified and registered seeds, small grain and soybeans. Lester was a charter member and the first chairman of Grace Lutheran Church in 1959 and was a charter member of the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter in 1939.
Lester Maas died Sunday, February 3, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield at the age of 95.
He is survived by daughter Janette Maas of Atlanta, GA; son John and wife Mary of Sleepy Eye, MN; grandson Taylor (Chelsey) Maas of Richfield, MN; step-granddaughter Jessica (Matt) Keil Bushard of Shakopee, MN; step-grandson Travis (Leslie) Keil of Chanhassen, MN; great-grandchildren- Noah Bushard, Alexander Keil, and twins Natalie and Olivia Maas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lois in 2016; brother Gilbert; and sisters- Lucille Neal and Alice Radel.
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