Allen TesmerApril 15, 1921 ~ November 8, 2017 (age 96)
Allen Tesmer, 96, of Lime Springs, Iowa died on November 8, 2017, at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, IA.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2017, at Lime Springs United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, IA with Pastor Paula Hemann officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at Lime Springs United Methodist Church. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the time of service Monday at the church. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco, IA is assisting the family.
Allen Tesmer was born April 15, 1921 in Millville, MN to Ernest and Louisa (Krueger) Tesmer; he was the sixth of twelve children. He spent 8 years going to a one room country school, near the home farm. Allen attended a two years of high school in Millville, Minnesota. He helped on the family farm along with working for area farmers until entering the service. On September 1, 1942 he entered active duty at Fort Snelling, MN where he left for Fort Lawton, Washington. He learned close order drill at Fort Lawton for one week. From Fort Lawton he was transferred to Midland Canadian Camp near Prince Rupert, British Columbia for basic training. Four months was spent with the 228th Military Police Company. The next two years were spent as a wrecker driver, the remainder of time in the service was spent as a messenger courier between Prince Rupert, BC and Port Edward, BC. When World War II ended, Allen was home on recuperation leave. He spent the next two months in striking force in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was discharged at Fort George Mead, Maryland on October 26, 1945.
In April 1946, Allen purchased a truck, hauled cream for the Lake City Creamery, and then moved to Rochester, MN where Allen along with his brother Larry hauled milk for Rochester Dairy.
On February 14, 1949 Allen was united in marriage to Arlene McNee. In August 1950, Allen and Arlene purchased a farm in Fillmore County, MN where they had a dairy farm. When arthritis was too much for Allen, he sold the dairy herd and built a large hog operation, which he ran for many years. Allen attended four years of Agriculture School in Spring Valley, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Saetersdal Lutheran Church in 1954. Arlene passed away in March 7, 1984.
On October 11, 1986 Allen was united in marriage to Deloris Dawson at the Little Brown Church. Allen and Deloris loved spending the winter months in the South and Southwest; he drove in all 50 states. He was delighted to be able to reach the mountain tops and explore each set of mountains he could get to. He also enjoyed the Gulf Coast and loved to walk along any beach he was near.
Allen enjoyed watching nature and the crops growing to be harvested in the fall. He loved taking the car out for a drive and going out to eat.
Allen is survived by his wife Deloris; children: James Tesmer of Rochester, MN, daughter-in-law Kathy Tesmer of Harmony, MN, Joy (Robert) Baker of Minnetonka, MN, and Gene (Diane) Tesmer of Knob Noster, MO; step children: Paulette Smith of New Braunfels, TX, Samuel (Pat) Carter of Cadiz, KY, and Brad (Judy) Carter of Hopkinsville, KY; 12 grandchildren: Jeremy, Michael, Wendy, Jennifer, Mark, Karin, Sarah, Gordon, Danielle, Chelsea, Kim, and Adam; 2 step grandchildren: Shanna and Jamie, 14 great grandchildren: Olivia, Gavin, Izayah, Brackston, Morgan, Kathryn, Cooper, Harper, Lucas, Logan, Evelyn, Chris, Sydney, and Alex; 4 step great grandchildren: Nolen, Blair, Camilla, and Carter; 3 brothers: Lawrence Tesmer of Elgin, MN, Edward (Lorraine) Tesmer of Millville, MN, and Louis (DeLoris) Tesmer: a sister Wanda Otteson of Red Wing, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his late wife Arlene (1984), his parents, a daughter Julie Tesmer (1954), a son Jerrold (2015), a grandson, and 7 siblings: Alfred, Carl (Joyce), Walter (Renata), George (Caroline), Ernest (Margorie), Russell (Rita), and Hazel, brother-in-law Richard Otteson.