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In Memory: Leslie Hagemeyer
Leslie R. Hagemeyer was called home on March 29, to be with Jesus, surrounded by his loving family, following a lifetime of blessings. He was 79.83 years old.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry S. and Mary K. (Bailey) Hagemeyer and his identical 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 grandchildren Wynn (Jessie), Brandon, Cory, Timothy, Andrew, Amber, Kathryn, Holly, Corina, Clark, Anton, Vivian; great-granddaughter, Hollyann, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Les attended St. 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 was a man known for his devotion to family, kind generosity, and the uncanny ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He brought out the best in everyone he encountered and gave sage advice. Les' life was keenly focused on children. He proudly served as member of the New Brighton Park Board that created five parks in the New Brighton area.
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 coached gymnastics and basketball, was chairman of MEA membership and started a community archery program.
Les and his twin brother, Wes, founded Archery Country in St. Cloud in 1983. 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 US 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. He also participated in three African archery safaris, a trip with Joan to Norway, and several bow hunting expeditions in the US and Canada.
A celebration of life was held at Christ The King Lutheran Church, New Brighton on April 7, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. The family invited attendees to wear a touch of yellow in memory of Les. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 - 7th Street N W, New Brighton.
"Well done, My good and faithful servant." 'Til we meet again in Heaven, we love you, Dad!