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Edman Otto Lezer, age 92, of Sauk Rapids, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at his home.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the New Life Church in Foley. Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to the service at the Church on Saturday.
Ed was born on March 5th, 1929 in Foley, Minnesota, to Otto and Lydia Lezer and graduated from Foley High School in 1947.
Ed began his career in farming right after high school. He married Anne Clarissa (Hoekstra) on January 29th, 1954 and together, they had 3 biological children and were foster parents to 21 children throughout the years. Ed and Anne purchased a farm in Gilmanton township in 1957 where they raised crops, cattle and poultry.
Ed was a follower of Jesus, having a personal relationship with Him from early childhood. Ed shared his faith openly even in his last days. Ed was involved in many church activities. He was also involved in the Popple Creekers 4-H Club, Benton County Ag Society, and Benton County Fair Board and held positions as Glimanton Township Supervisor and was a DNR State Fire Warden for 35 years, and enjoyed participating in many tractor pulls at the Benton County Fair. Ed and Anne were recognized as Benton County, “Farmer of the year” in 1990. They retired from farming in 1991 and enjoyed wintering in Florida and Texas.
Ed was preceded in death by his infant son, his parents Otto and Lydia (Packert) Lezer, his siblings Esther (Gale) Kasperek, Donna (Al) Foss, and Danny (Rendy) Lezer; in-laws Martin (Clara) Hoekstra, Clarence (Betty) Hoekstra, Ted (Deloris) Hoekstra, and Chuck Peterson.
Ed is survived by his wife, Anne, his children Doug (Lori) Lezer, Nancy (Dean) Dahlstrom, and foster son Tim (Marcia) Jurek; grandchildren Kimberly (Felix) Valanzasca, Sherrie (Matt) Beck, Tammy Jurek, Ryan (Nicole) Lezer, Cody (Jenny) Lezer, Amy (Ben) Hageman, Kayla (Carter) Ash, Darin (Abby) Dahlstrom, and Megan (Zack) Ziwicki; great grandchildren Luca, Jax, Nick, Abby, Kyla, Leddy, Roux, Lydia, Logan, Caden, Rowan Otto, Brinley, Levi, and Theo; siblings Jim (Mary Lou) and Dennis (Gwen); in-laws Martha Peterson, and Connie (Mark) Johnson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family expresses a special thanks to CentraCare Health Homecare and Hospice for the outstanding and compassionate care of Ed during his final days.