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HARTSBURG -- A celebration of the life
of Paul Gerhard Lessen, a Hartsburg native, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday
at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg.
Lessen, 68, of Minden, La., died Feb. 14, 2010, at 12:15
p.m. after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery with a
Friends and family are invited to gather at the
church fellowship hall after services to visit and
share stories of Paul.
Holland Barry & Bennett
Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.
Mr. Lessen was a retired Air Force master
sergeant and a retired postal worker.
He was born June 15, 1941, in Hartsburg. His
parents were Albert J. and Pauline Marshall Lessen.
He married his first love, Linda, on Oct. 26, 1963,
in Shreveport, La.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; two
daughters, Paula Lessen of Ennis, Texas, and Amber
(and Phillip) McDown and beloved grandson Nolan Ryan
McDown, all of Minden, La; four sisters, Mary (and
John) Hindahl of Bloomington, Evelyn Armstrong of
Lincoln, Doris (and Lavern) Greig of St. James, Mo.,
and Carol (and John) Olson of Bloomington; his
father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Mildred
Collinsworth of Minden, La.; sister-in-law Mary
Lessen; sister-in-law Connie (and John) Harwood;
brother-in-law Dave (and Dale) Collinsworth; and
many nieces, nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his
brother, Roy Alan Lessen.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Hartsburg. He grew up in a
farming family with his older brother and sisters
and graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School in
He enlisted in the Air Force right out of high
school. After basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas,
and specialist training at Chanute AFB, Ill., he was
transferred to Barksdale AFB, La., and worked first
as a mechanic on B-52s, then as a maintenance crew
chief for the B-52s and later became a scheduling
specialist. He served his country in Vietnam in
He and his wife shared their joy of adventure and
relished each change of station, including 3 1/2
years in England. He was especially proud of his two
He retired with honor from the Air Force in 1981,
joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 and retired
from there in 2007.
He was an active member of Lakeview United Methodist
Church in Minden, La., a member of The Followers of
the Way Sunday school class, and he sang in the
chancel choir, bringing his portable oxygen the last
six months to help him on the long-count notes.
Giving him love and respect were all the members of
the choir and the musicians. He had previously
served his church for many years as trustees
chairman and president of the United Methodist Men.
He loved his Lord, studied the Bible faithfully
each morning and lived his life as a Christian.
He will be remembered for his hard work as a
founding member of the Lakeview Yard Birds. His
strong work ethic learned as a child was evident in
everything he did.
Paul was an avid golfer and was a member of the
Pine Hills Country Club until sidelined by back pain
and then lung problems. His "Old Boys Club" was his
cheering squad and he looked forward to Monday night
He was loved and respected by all who ever met
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St.
John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg.
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