Tricounty News

Leo Beste, 72

Leo Beste of Kimball died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at his home. He was 72.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Inurnment 3ill be in the St. Anne Cemetery.

Leo J. Beste was born May 20, 1940, in Albany to Jerome and Agnes (Boecker) Beste. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Leo married Anna Mae Mohr July 13, 1963, at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in St. Francis. He farmed at St. Francis prior to moving to the Kimball area in 1987. He farmed at French Lake and was employed as a maintenance manager at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. In recent years, he drove bus and road grater for Hendrick's Sand and Gravel. Leo was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Kimball, and was a member of the Catholic Aid Assn., and the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included gardening, polka and old-time music, dancing, woodworking and playing cards.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Beatrice Buettner.

He is survived by his wife Anna Mae of Kimball; children Susan (and Mark) Bartlett of Maple Lake, Paul (and LuAnn) Beste of Cokato, Elaine (and Lynn) Chatwin of Sandy, Utah, Julie (and Jeff) Ufkes of Buffalo Lake; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother and sisters Walter Beste of Long Prairie, Rosemary (and Melvin) Pundsack of Freeport, Lourdine (and Walter) Buening of Freeport; and brother-in-law Sylvester Buettner of Bloomington.