Lester E. Mohagen, age 69 of Elbow Lake, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at his home.

Visitation for Les Mohagen will be held Friday, July 31, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, Elbow Lake, MN.

Celebration of Life for for Lester Everett Mohagen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, Elbow Lake, MN, with Pastor Gabe Norton officiating.

Inurnment at West Elbow Lake Cemetery, rural Elbow Lake, MN, with Military Honors performed by the Wendell American Legion.

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on Erickson-Smith Funeral Home condolences page. You can view the video tribute and/or webcast of the service that may be available. Check Erickson-Smith Funeral Home  website for the latest COVID-19 update.

Lester Everett Mohagen was born on September 4, 1950, to Everett and Valeria Mohagen. He grew up in a close-knit family with 2 younger brothers and 1 older sister on a dairy farm south of Wendell, MN. Hobbies of his youth included trapping and selling gophers, chasing and shooting pigeons, duck hunting, and deer hunting. He was baptized and confirmed at West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church. He attended and graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1968 and completed 2 years of general education at Fergus Falls Community College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1970. Les served in the U.S. Air Force as a Civil Engineer for 4 years in Omaha, Nebraska, and 2 years in Anchorage, Alaska.

In 1976 he married the love of his life, Tina Waling. They bought a home and land near Grygla, MN, where they hobby-farmed and raised dairy calves before moving to rural Elbow Lake. They were blessed to raise 2 children, a daughter Emily and “chosen” son Jonathan, following the tragic still-born passing of 2 infant sons Caleb and Joshua.

Les worked in various trades during his life, including farm-hand, factory worker, mailman, school custodian, measuring grain bins, painter, and school bus driver.  He loved to make the school bus kids laugh and frequently brought candy to share. His greatest and richest job was to be “Papa” to his 3 grandchildren, Jeremiah, Keira, and Alex.

Les found great comfort in his Christian faith and was active in church all his life. He is a long-time member of Grace Evangelical Free Church and also attended Elbow Lake Baptist Church the last few years of his life. The Lord God was at the center of his life and his faith was evident in everything he said and did.

The last 3 years of his life were spent battling Multiple Myeloma bone marrow cancer and Angiosarcoma liver cancer. Despite the challenges and unknowns of cancer, he kept his faith and surrendered his days to God’s will.

Les will be remembered for his steadfast, unwavering faith, his love for people, his contagious laughter, and ability to spread joy to everyone he came into contact with.

Les is survived by his children: Emily (Craig) Patelski of Fergus Falls, MN, and Jon (fianceé Jade Bladyes) Mohagen of Elbow Lake, MN; brother: Leland (Renate) Mohagen of Fayetteville NC; brother-in-law: Loren (Karen) Richards of Fergus Falls, MN; grandchildren: Jeremiah, Keira, and Alexander Patelski; niece: Penny Steinhouse of Fergus Falls, MN; nephew: Rob (Terri) Richards of Glenwood, MN; several close cousins, great nieces, great nephews, numerous special friends, and church family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister: Karen; brother: Wes; and infant son: Caleb and Joshua.

Memorials can be made to the family.

Arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake, MN.


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