Lester H. Albrecht passed away Sunday, February 9 at a Unitypoint Heath St. Luke’s in Sioux City, IA surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Homer, NE; Pastor Barbara Hansen will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home in Emerson, NE with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home of Emerson is in charge of the arrangements.
Lester was born on June 7, 1928 on a farm near Emerson, NE, the son of George and Rosa (Pates) Albrecht. He attended and graduated from Emerson High School in 1944. On February 6, 1948, Lester was united in marriage to Joanne Murray in Emerson, NE. The couple lived on a farm in Thurston County until 1959 until moving to their present farm near Hubbard, NE. Lester farmed until his retirement in 2007, but continued to tend to his large gardens and care for the home farm place.
He served on church council for several years. He was active in Farm Bureau Organization serving as president for many years. He was previously active in the Masonic Lodge.
He loved his trips to Minnesota to tease the bass. He loved building bird houses that he has blessed his family and many acquaintances with. He loved taking care of the garden (his small fields) and even became an accomplished flower gardener over the last few years. He loved feeding the birds and cats and watching over his farm. He loved his children and grandchildren and shared his wisdom with all.
Survivors include his wife Joanne of 66 years, son Larry of Sioux City, IA, and his children Evan and Jenna, and daughter Jeanne (Gary) Johnson of Sioux City, IA, and their children Jacob (Melissa) of Minneapolis, MN, Justin of Rochester, MN and Zachary of Ames, IA, grandchildren Nathan Albrecht of Wilmar, MN, and Rachel (Ryan) Loney of Victoria, MN; the children of the late Dennis Albrecht and 4 great grandchildren; brother Walter (Violet) Albrecht of Thurston, NE, and sister-in-law Irene Albrecht of Emerson, NE. Lester is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis Albrecht, and a brother George Albrecht.