Edward Jerome Lesmeister was born on May 2, 1934 in Glenwood to Matthew and LaVern (Voit) Lesmeister. He attended and graduated from Glenwood and went on to attend two years of college at St. John's University.
Ed was united in marriage to Carole Hillier on November 20, 1954 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. They spent the majority of their married life in Rochester, coming to Alexandria in 1990. Ed worked in the auto business all of his life; most recently at Auto Value in Alexandria.
Ed enjoyed his years of hunting, fishing and trapshooting. He loved spending time with his sons, grandchildren and all of Carole's daycare children and attending different activities with them.
Ed died on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, Mike of Elba, Tim (Becky) of Stewartville and Jay (friend, Linda Croll) of Zumbrota; grandchildren, Heidi (Joel) McIntyre, Luke, Hannah, Stephen, and Nathan; brother, Paul (Barb) of Morris; sisters-in-law, Del Hillier and Pam Hoffland; brother-in-law, Bob (Jan) Hillier, and several nieces and nephews. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Matt and LaVern; and brother, Robert.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with Chaplin James Oakland. Music was provided by Heidi McIntyre, Lucas Lesmeister, Hannah Lesmeister, and Stephen Lesmeister. Honorary urn bearers were Edward's grandchildren, Heidi and Joel McIntyre, Lucas Lesmeister, Hannah Lesmeister, Stephen Lesmeister, and Nathan Lesmeister.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.