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Lester "Les" w Sowder

October 15, 1924 — May 20, 2012

Lester “Les” Sowder, 87, of Edina died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. A private family service for Lester was held Friday, May 25, 2012 from the Nelson-Martin Funeral Chapel in Redwood Falls with burial in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via .

Lester W. Sowder, the son of James Boyd Sowder and Mary (Holzerland) Sowder, was born October 15, 1924 in Redwood Falls. He received his elementary education at the local school and then worked on the family farm. Les was a truck driver for the lumber yard and, in his spare time, played drums with the family band.

On November 1, 1947, Les married Doris Okins in Minneapolis. Early in their marriage, the couple moved to their home in Edina where Les was still residing at the time of his death. Les was employed as a parts man at a Ford dealership in Minneapolis for much of his working life.

Les and Doris were founding members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina. Les enjoyed traveling and family vacations – his family was even able to take a cruise together. He also liked to play golf and go fishing; he was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed westerns. Les and Doris wintered together in McAllen, Texas for 16 years before her death in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter Penny (Joseph) Schaefer of Albert Lea; daughter-in-law Judy Sowder of Bloomington; grandsons Kristofer (Randi) Ellsworth of Hartland, and Nathan Ellsworth of Eagan; granddaughters Abby Sowder of Bloomington, and Lindsey (Viktor) Kovalchuk of Bloomington; great-grandchildren Morgan Bjorkland, Rylee Bjorkland, Olivia Ellsworth, Jack Kovalchuk, and Finn Ellsworth. Les was preceded in death by his wife Doris; son Randy L. Sowder; brothers James and Kenneth Sowder; sister Ruth Sowder; brothers-in-law Don and Douglas Okins; sister-in-law Della Roushar; his parents; and his parents-in-law Clarence and Agnes Okins.

Blessed be his memory.
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