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Clarence Junior Bierstedt

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February 10, 1936 - June 13, 2024

Funeral service for Clarence J. Bierstedt will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Henry Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Dreyer officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

Clarence will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville.

Clarence Junior Bierstedt, age 88, passed away June 13, 2024, at Park View Rehab Center in Sac City. Clarence was born Feb. 10, 1936, to Clarence and Clara (Kressin) Bierstedt in Whittemore. He had an older sister, Phyllis, his twin sister, Clara (who passed away when they were 7) and one younger brother Larry.

Clarence graduated from Fenton High School in 1955, where he participated in sports and played tuba in the band. He also played tuba outside of school in a German Band made up of only four  members. After high school, Clarence was in the Army from 1958-1960. He was stationed in Germany as a MP and drove a General around. He later attended ILCC for two years and Mankato State for one and a half years.

On Nov. 12, 1961, Clarence was united in marriage to June Johnson. They made their home in Estherville until 2019 when they moved to Sac City.

After the Army, Clarence began working as a typewriter repair man for Typewriter Exchange in Estherville. He also began working for John Morrell Packing Plant and did so for 30 years. After retiring, he worked for Emmet County Conservation for 10 years.

Clarence was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Estherville and a life-time member of the Estherville VFW Post 3388.

Clarence enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and fixing typewriters and cuckoo clocks. He also enjoyed attending his grandsons’ sports and music events.

Clarence is survived by daughter, Lori (Kevin Higgins) Mooney of Sac City; daughter-in-law, Teri Bierstedt of Brookings, S.D.; grandsons, Jason (Laura) Mooney of Bondurant and Anthony Bierstedt of St. Paul, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Henry and Evelyn Mooney; sisters-in-law, Janean Bierstedt of Fenton, Shirley Johnson of Fairmont, Minn. and Lorae Johnson of Spirit Lake.

He is preceded in death by his wife June, son Roger Bierstedt, grandson Tanner Bierstedt, sister Phyllis (Bierstedt) Dreyer, twin sister, Clara Bierstedt, brother Larry Bierstedt, brothers-in-law, Darrel Dreyer, Kenny Johnson, and Allan “Spike” Johnson and nephew Kim Dreyer.

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