Funeral services were held Nov. 18, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan. The Rev. Todd Substad officiated. Burial was in East Lutheran Cemetery, Delavan. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago assisted the family with the arrangements.
Lester was born Dec. 30, 1924, at rural Mapleton, the son of Markus and Tillie (Johnson) Hatteberg. He was raised and educated in the Delavan area where he graduated from Delavan High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II in the South Pacific as an Electricians Mate. He returned to Mapleton following the war and attended a Farm Trade School in Minnesota Lake. He soon returned to farming his family farm where he continued to farm until moving to Delavan in 1993. He was married to Mary Ann Hansen on Aug. 22, 1959, in Mankato. Lester was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Delavan, Delavan American Legion Post 486, DHS Inc., and the Delavan Sportsman’s Club. Lester enjoyed farming, his dogs and loved many good conversations with anyone who cared to join. He especially enjoyed time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lester is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Hatteberg, of Delavan; sons, Mark (Jayne) Hatteberg, of Mapleton, David (Tina) Hatteberg, of Chanhassen, and Bill (Carol) Barnhart, of Minneapolis; daughter, Linda (Robert) Stivers, of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Mark Barnhart, Lauren Barnhart, LinMarie Engvaldson, Joseph Balfe, Jimmy and Peter Hatteberg, Mara Anderson, Lucas Gau, and Logan and Katilyn Dylla; and three great-grandchildren, Skylan Balfe, Teagan Engvaldson and Taylor Balfe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert and Marvin Hatteberg; sister, Alice Lathrop; and an infant daughter.
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Lester Hatteberg, 86