Lester R. Mausling

TRUMAN – Memorial services for Lester R. Mausling, 83, of Truman, Minn., will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the funeral home.

Lester died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont.

Lester Robert Mausling was born April 27, 1930, in Madelia, Minn., to Harry and Theresa (Schultz) Mausling. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman. Lester attended school in Truman. As a young adult, he worked for various local farmers until being drafted into the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Hood, Texas. Lester was united in marriage to Donna Johnson Rubedor on Aug. 3, 1957. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Brian and Julie. He worked for Case Implement and later Ford Tractor of Fairmont. Later he drove truck for Bosshart Company of Truman and Halter Trucking of Springfield. On Aug. 24, 1974, Lester was united in marriage to Marie Bittof Rich at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman. As a young man, he enjoyed participating in demolition derbies and later gardening, fishing, vacationing, playing Skipbo, Triominos, cards and taking care of his pets. After retirement, Lester and Marie lived in Florida from 1993-2002, when they returned to Minnesota to be near family and friends. Lester has been a resident of Truman Senior Living for nearly four years.

Lester is survived by his wife, Marie, Truman, Minn.; one son, Brian Mausling, Truman, Minn.; one daughter, Julie (Blaine) Sweet, Fairmont; granddaughter, Jena Nowak and great grandchildren, Mason, Ashlyn and Britney, all of Fairmont; six stepchildren, Roger, Dennis, Steven, William and Kevin Rich, and Belinda Miller; 11 stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Darlene (Omar) Erslin and Judy Mausling; one brother, LeRoy (Doris) Mausling; and one sister-in-law, June Mausling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Flohrs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson’s Association.