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Written by TRF Times   
 International Falls - Lester Wendell Nordlum, 86, died on Monday, April 11, 2005 at his home in International Falls.
 Funeral services were held on Friday, April 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls. Interment was held at Forest Hills Cemetery in International Falls.
 Lester was born in Middle River on August 23, 1918, the son of Hudda Gustafson of Sweden and John C. Norlum of Norway. Lester married Lillian Mary Jackson on October 10, 1940 in International Falls.
 Lester lived in Middle River for 15 years and moved with his family to International Falls in 1933. The family operated the Mando Company Farm where the nursing home now sits. He later owned and operated the Riverdale Dairy with his father and brother Clarence. Lester also worked in the finishing room at Mando for 30 years. He also logged and hauled pulp wood. He retired in 1981.
 Lester and his wife, Lillian, were extremely active in his 23 years of retirement. They spent time in Alaska gold mining and hunting moose, caribou, Dahl sheep and fishing for salmon. Before and during retirement, they spent a lot of time in Canada, canoeing and portaging, ice camping and fishing. They deer hunted on the Kohler Pit road for 50 years.
 Lester thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities and life in the northland. He was always surrounded by family and numerous friends.
 His special friends were all fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and four-wheeling partners, his niece, Karen and her husband Dick Holm and nephews, David and Mary Jackson.
 Lester is survived by his wife Lillian of 64 years; his son, Roger of Alaska and New Mexico; daughters, Janet (Jody) Schulz of International Falls, Betty Gerlach of Hastings and Marilyn (Bill) McEvoy of International Falls; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 
 Lester was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Violet Nordlum and three brothers, Clarence, Ernest and Ray Nordlum.     A00003B2005AR20