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Lester V. Meyer – Obituary

Name: Lester V. Meyer

Age: 84

Born: 03-23-1935

Died: 06-01-2019

Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Lester V. Meyer, age 84, of St. Cloud. Les died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Country Manor Campus in Sartell. Pastor John Gabrielson will officiate. Entombment of the Urn will be at the St. John’s Abbey Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the Church.

Les was born on March 23, 1935 to Clarence (Mike) and Mae (Weinstock) Meyer in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After moving several times during his early childhood, the family settled in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where he attended junior and senior high school. He received an early admission fellowship to the College of the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1954.

Les was united in marriage to a high school classmate, Joan Town, who grew up on a farm near Chippewa Falls; they were married for 65 years. Les continued his studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois. He continued his studies at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in 1973. After several years as a parish pastor in Wisconsin and Ohio, he joined the Religion Department of Concordia College in Moorhead, retiring after 32 years of service. During his retirement he taught occasional courses as an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University, St. Cloud State University and Zilina University in Slovakia. He also continued his long-time involvement in continuing education for adults in area churches. Les had been a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Les and Joan were privileged to live for extended periods in Jerusalem (where he studied), England (where he had an honorary fellowship to work on a writing project) and Slovakia (where he and Joan were both volunteers at the Bible School in Martin). They also enjoyed the opportunity to visit several other countries. For recreation, Les enjoyed reading (especially English literature) and listening to classical music.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; five children, Michael (Jane), Ellen (Dennis) Paynter, Nancy (Van) Parker, Caroline Simon and Karl (Paula); 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother, James (Alice); and sister, Marjorie (Ray) Lundeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Lutheran World Relief.

Guestbook for Lester V. Meyer

Sister Colleen Haggerty, OSB
, friend of his sister, Marjorie (Ray) Lundeen
June 7, 2019, 6:38 pm
The Sisters of St. Benedict appreciate the Lundeens in their support of us. We like to be present for an such an event like losing a sibling. I usually attend the wake/funeral if possible but another death conflicted with the time of the Wake for Lester. Our prayers for you, Joan and your family in this time of losing your beloved husband/father and your brother, Marjorie.
Huub van de Sandt
, Friend
June 4, 2019, 12:43 pm
Dear Joan and children, Femke and I would like to offer you and your family our deepest condolences with the loss of Les. I (Huub) saw Les often when we lived and studied Hebrew in Jerusalem in 1973. Occasionally he, Jim and I drank a beer on the terrace of a cafe at King George Street. We preferred Maccabee beer but usually we drank Goldstar for reasons of economy. Jerusalem was also the place where I met you and your children for the first time. Of course, there were no grandchil-dren or great-grandchildren yet. We also kept in touch afterwards via regular mail and email. This in turn led to very pleasant encounters in our home in Tilburg and (twice) in your former apartment in St. Cloud. We both remember you were very welcoming hosts and your apartment was a great place to stay. I think we also visited Les, you and Karl for a few days when Les was on a sabbatical leave in Durham (UK). When I asked Les recently about your new home in Sartell, he wrote: We like our new apartment very much, although the move from our former one was stressful, especially for Joan (even though our family and the moving company have been doing all the physical work). There is still much to be done before everything is in its place and we have developed new routines. At that time (5-11-2018) he seemed to still have a longer time of life in front of him. Les passed away too soon. He was a gentle, modest and wise person. We'll will really miss him. We wish you all strength in these sad days. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Femke and Huub
Rev. Kristen Anderson
June 3, 2019, 5:52 pm
Joan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with you both and enjoyed when Les would lead adult ed classes.

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