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Cross of Glory Lutheran Church
Monday February 15th, 2016
10:00am - 11:00am

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Central Freeborn Lutheran Church
Monday February 15th, 2016

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Leslie E. Honstad

Memorial services for Leslie E. Honstad, age 70, of Freeborn will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Hartland.  Rev. Mark Hillmer will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded. Interment will be at West Freeborn Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church.  Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Leslie died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Leslie E. Honstad was born May 25, 1945, the son of Otis and Erma (Engelby) Honstad in Amarillo, Texas.  He grew up in Frost, Minnesota, and then moved to Freeborn, graduating from Freeborn High School in 1963.  Les entered the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1968, serving in Vietnam.  On April 18, 1969, he married Sonja Ausen at West Freeborn Lutheran Church.  Les attended school at the Brown Institute.  He and Sonja lived in Cottage Grove before settling in Edina for 27 years.  Les worked in electronics sales for many years and later co-owned OHMS Technology until he retired in 2005.  He went on to sell Harper Brooms in his retirement and moved back to Freeborn. He also helped his brother-in-law with farming, which he loved.  Les was a member of West Freeborn Lutheran Church where he served as an usher.  He was also a member of the American Legion and the Wells V.F.W.  He volunteered for True Friends, formerly known as Camp Courage.  Les enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, children, and close personal friends.  He loved country and western music, especially Willie Nelson, along with traveling, especially trips to Norway. Les loved running and golf.  He completed over 30 marathons and a Leadville 100 mile ultra-marathon, and was a member of the American Lung Association Running Club.  Les will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and ingenious pranks.

Survivors include his wife, Sonja; children, Jennifer (Robert) Hamilton, Jessica Wegmann, and Janelle (Josh) Bertelson; grandchildren, Alex and Amber Hamilton, Audrey Wegmann, and Jonathan and Jenna Bertelson; brothers, Lonnie (Nancy Hanson) Honstad and Doyle (Cathryn) Honstad; nieces and nephews, and former son-in-law, Tim Wegmann.

Les was preceded in death by his parents Otis and Erma.

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So sorry to hear that your lost your husband. My Sam died in July of 2017, so I can imagine what you have been going through. I would love to hear from you...we lost touch so many years ago. Thinking of you with compassion and hope.


Sheila Williamson Sonka Jul 26 2019 12:00 AM

I knew Leslie in Vietnam, very funny guy that made the time somewhat enjoyable.  Sorry I didn't look him up sooner.

Ken Wheat Apr 26 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Friend Sonja,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.  Our prayers are that the good memories will fill the hole in the heart in the loss of Les.  When you get back to the cities we still live in the same house, please give a call and stop.  

Hugs and Love, Mary & Jim

Mary Arnold Feb 16 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brian C - colleague of Jessica

Brian C. Feb 16 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Sonja and Family,
Our sincere sympathy to your family.
We're sorry we will not be there tomorrow,
but you will surely be in our thoughts and
prayers. We will miss Les...he was a great
ambassador for Freeborn.Many times I looked
out my window last summer to see Les over at
the Legion mowing the lawn.
     God Bless..... Brad &Karent

Karen and Brad Miller Feb 14 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Sonja & the Girls,I have you in my Positive Prayers for Healing & Peace at this most difficult time. May Les' Memory be for a Blessing to you all ~

Suzy Lewis Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM


We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. The Bertelson Family: A.J., Katy, Allen and Natalie

Kathryn Bertelson Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM

May God bless you, Sonja and your dear family.  So sorry we can't attend the service but please know our hearts are with you.

Shorty and Nancy Jensen Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of Les's illness and am very saddened to hear of his passing.  We enjoyed many laughs together during his days at Kierulff, Comtek and OHMS while I was at TI and IDT. Les is responsible for giving me a renewed interest in running and encouraging me to complete several marathons.  I'm thankful that we were able to catch up a bit last year by phone, where he was able to get me caught up on your family. I will remember him with a smile.
My sincere sympathy to all of you as you deal with your loss.

Don Goerner Feb 10 2016 12:00 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We feel the deep loss of a great friend. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al & Gail Batt Feb 10 2016 12:00 AM

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