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Vincent Nester

Sept. 21, 1925-Dec. 31, 2010

Vincent A. Nester, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, December 31, 2010 at his home.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at David-Donehower Funeral Home; there will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Vigil at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating.

Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Honor Guard.

Vincent Anthony Nester was born to Otto and Anna (Wollschlager) Nester on September 21, 1925 in Detroit Lakes. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and then worked on his family's farm. Vince served with the United States Air Force. Following his discharge, he returned to Detroit Lakes, where he farmed with his dad and operated a gravel pit. He moved to Aurora, Minn., where he worked in another gravel pit.

Vince was united in marriage to Donna Paggen, November 17, 1955 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. He worked briefly for a beverage company in Moorhead, and then joined the Minnesota Department of Transportation, being assigned to the Detroit Lakes District. Vince retired in 1987.

Vince enjoyed his pets, helping the Humane Society, working in his yard, feeding the birds, deer and wildlife and following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

Survivors include two sons, James and John, both of Detroit Lakes; two daughters, Elizabeth "Lisa" (Everette) Johnson of Bemidji and Linda (Lonnie) Olson of Crookston; six grandchildren, Ericka Johnson, Benton Johnson, Brandon Johnson and Everette "Buddy" Johnson III, Larissa Olson and Anthony Nester; and two sisters, Dolores Harmon of Hibbing and Helen Knopf of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding Vincent in death were his beloved wife, Donna (2008); a grandson, Nicholas; a sister, Clara Friesen; a brother, Lawrence Noll; his parents; and his mother and father-in-law, Ole and Sophie Paggen.

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