Services for Lester Wiese are at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in United Methodist Church, Luverne. The Rev. Arthur Miller will officiate. Visitation is at Engebretson Funeral Home, Luverne, from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, with a Masonic Lodge service at 8 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Ashwood Cemetery near Kanaranzi.
Lester Wiese, 79, Kanaranzi, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his home in Kanaranzi following a brief illness.
Lester Arthur Wiese was born to Alvin Peter and Melanie Olga (Sindt) Wiese Feb. 1, 1921, on the family farm near Kanaranzi, He attended elementary school in Kanaranzi and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1938. Following high school he attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He married Lorraine Zoellner on Sept. 10, 1944, in Luverne. The couple made their home on the Wiese family farm. Mr. Wiese was born, raised and lived his entire life on the family farm.
He was a member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church, served on the church board and sang in the choir. He had also served on the Kanaranzi Elevator Board, Kanaranzi School Board, Kanaranzi Township clerk for more than 20 years and secretary of the Ashwood Cemetery Association since 1953. He belonged to the Kanaranzi Lions Club. Mr. Wiese was also active in the Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star of Luverne, past Commander of Luverne Commandery, El Riad Shrine in Sioux Falls, Shrine Band and Minnesota York Rite College.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Wiese, Kanaranzi; one son, Warren Wiese, Fargo, N.D.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jean and Gary Halverson, Kanaranzi, and Janeal Rush, Mobile, Ala.; five grandchildren, Tom Halverson and his wife, Aileen, David Halverson, Lynn Halverson, Mike Halverson and his fiancee, Shanna Henning, and Samantha Rush; one brother, Don Wiese and his wife, Lois, Windom; three sisters-in-law, Chris Zoellner, Sioux Falls, Lois Schneekloth, Hartford, S.D., and Gurina Meyer, Luverne.
Mr. Wiese was preceded in death by his parents.
Engebretson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.