LESLIE R. HAGEMEYER
LESLIE R. HAGEMEYER
Leslie R. Hagemeyer was called home to be with Jesus surrounded by his loving family Saturday, March 29, 2014, following a lifetime of blessings. He was 79.83 years old.
Les attended Saint Cloud Teacher's College and graduated in 1954 alongside his twin brother, Wes. Together, they signed their first teaching contract at the age of 19 in Albert Lea. This was where he met the love of his life, Joan Bratvold. They soon married in 1955 and a year later, settled in New Brighton.
Les and his family en-joyed many summers and weekends vacationing at their lake home in Park Rapids. Together, they en-joyed cultivating vegetable and flower gardens, planted thousands of trees, and relaxed in the beauty of nature. Les proudly served as president his lake association and was an advocate for preserving its natural surroundings.
As a math teacher, Mr. Hagemeyer instilled a love of numbers in thousands of children, including his own. He never met a student he didn't like and in whom he couldn't find great potential. During his 36-year tenure at Mounds View Schools, he served as gymnastics and basketball coach, was Chairman of MEA Membership, and started a community ar-chery program.
Les and his twin brother, Wes, founded Archery Country in 1983 in Saint Cloud. Together, they were dedicated to the advancement of the sport and especially enjoyed teaching children the art of 'hitting the bulls eye.' An avid archer, Les qualified for the U.S. Team shoot-off for the 1968 Olympics. He served on the board of directors for many archery associations, including the Minnesota Archery Hall of Fame. Les participated in three African archery safaris, a trip with Joan to Norway, and several bow hunting expeditions in the U.S. and Canada. Les was also an active member of the Sons of Norway and served as their treasurer for the past several years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry S. and Mary K. (Bailey) Hagemeyer and his identi-cal twin brother, Wesley.
He will be greatly missed by his brother, Clifton (Delores); sister-in-law, Carol; his loving wife of 58 years, Joan; their children, Lane, Clark (Seanne), Lezli (Garry) Edgington, Jacki (Jesse) Harren; their grandchil-dren, Wynn (Jessie), Bran-don, Cory, Timothy, An-drew, Amber, Kathryn, Holly, Corina, Clark, Anton, Vivian; great-granddaughter, Hollyann; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service.
The family invites you to wear a touch of yellow in his memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Calvary Lutheran Church of Park Rapids.
"Well done, My good and faithful servant." 'Til we meet again in Heaven, we love you, Dad!
Arrangements by Hol-comb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home of Shoreview. 651-482-7606.