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Lester H Sanders, Jr.

February 9, 1940 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 80)


Lester Harvey Sanders, Jr., 80 of Minnesota City, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Winona Health Services, Winona, MN.

Lester was born February 9, 1940, in Milwaukee, WI, to Lester Sr. and Elsie (Dahl) Sanders. Prior to moving to Winona in 1983, Lester was employed at Sterling Incorporated, A. O. Smith in Milwaukee, and in the securities and insurance industry.  Once in Winona, Lester was employed at Watlow for 8 years.

Lester was an Army veteran who served in Korea.

On June 25, 1960, he married Dawne Whitford at Augustana Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.  They were married for nearly 60 years and had two sons.

He loved classical music, reading history books, and was a Civil War buff.  He was also an artist, both painting in oils and working on wood.  Lester also loved coaching Little League Football.

He is survived by his wife Dawne; sons John and Jeff (Laurie); three grandchildren:  Jenna (David) Alberts, Ryan Sanders, and Rachel Sanders; mother-in-law Marvel Whitford; brother-in-law Pat Notheis; and niece Jennifer (Phillip) Bearden; dear friends Karen and Dale Race.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law Sandy Notheis; father-in-law Frank Whitford; and his beloved dog Noel.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2020, at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at

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Memorial Service
June 26, 2020

11:00 AM
Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, MN
1476 West Broadway
Winona, MN 55987

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