Lester John Clapp
Date: Monday March 01, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church [ view map ]
Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]
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Friday, September 10, 1937
Date of Death:
Sunday, February 21, 2021
83 years old
Lester John Clapp
Lester John Clapp, 83, of Rochester, MN died on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by family.
The Memorial Service for Lester will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, with Rev. Adam Koglin officiating. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
He was born September 10, 1937 in Riceville, IA to Elmo and Mabel (Graff) Clapp. He graduated from Riceville High School in 1955. On July 5, 1956, he married Marcelle M Hanson at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.
Lester took pride in his long career at Mayo Clinic, starting in 1957 in the Renal Physiology Department of Medical Sciences. In 1970, he transferred to the Department of Respiratory Therapy, where he established and became supervisor of the Blood Gas and Pulmonary Function Lab. In 1986, he became Quality Control Coordinator of the lab and officially retired in 1999. He returned as a supplemental employee until September of 2018.
He loved sports and actively participated in bowling, golfing, and softball. He avidly followed both Iowa and Minnesota Sports Teams.
He was a long-time member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as usher, elder, and member of the Stewardship Committee.
Lester is survived by his loving wife, Marcelle M Clapp; children, Randy (Wendy) Clapp of Rochester and Valerie Clapp of Cave Creek, AZ; grandchildren, Brandon (Heather) Clapp of Pine Island, MN, and Vanessa Clapp of Aurora, CO; great-grandchildren, Jaden and Rylan Clapp; sister, Alta Jean Faubert of Riceville, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
He was preceded in death his parents, Elmo and Mabel Clapp; sister, Dorothy Taylor; and brother, Donald Clapp.
Memorials are preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Mayo Clinic Cancer Research.
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Deepest sympathy to Marcella, Randy Valerie and family at the loss of your husband and father. Remember all those years in Sunset terrace thinking of all of you at this difficult time
We are sad that God has taken you to heaven; but know we will meet again.
Thank you, Marcie and family for letting us participate in the service on line from AZ. Jan and Glenn Dicke
Les was a great friend and softball teammate. So many memories of so many good times. I will ever forget his great smile and special laugh. I will never forget our nickel/dime poker nights, the after game parties, and the struggles on the golf course. We found fun in so many simple and unforgettable ways and Les was always in the middle of making it fun. Rest in peace dear friend. You filled my life with many fond memories and I will never forget you.
Dear Marcy & family,
Lester will be greatly missed, he had such a kind and gentle spirit.
i have a heart full of fond, loving memories of Lester.
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sending love your way,
Sandy & John Dailey
Marcy, Alta Jean and family - many years have passed since I have seen any of your family but please accept my sympathy. Since I just lost my brother in October, I understand how hard it is to say the final good bye. Edward and I were fortunate to have your mother for our teacher at Pleasant Hill country school for 4 years and also enjoyed our high school years together. I do remember what a great athlete Lester was in many sports. You will be in my prayers.
Dear Marcy, Sorry to hear that Lester passed away. My thoughts are with you. Elle
Very sorry to hear Les has passed away. Many fond memories of many happy times. Sending a hug to you Marcie.
Sorry to hear of your lost.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My father was just telling me how he bowled and worked at the clinic with Les. He had some great memories.
May the Memories of Les comfort your sadness in your hearts at this time. Les interviewed me in September of 1977 for a Blood Gas Technician and hired me. He was a great boss and fellow employee! I learned so much from him. I appreciated his ability to share his expertise with me. Awesome memories for sure! Love and hugs to you all! Donna (Fields) Iverson
I'm sorry for your loss. I worked in the Blood Gas Lab with him for many years. He was a kind and patient man.
so sorry to hear this. Love having Lester has my first "boss" at Mayo.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our heart and prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. I used to work in the Blood Gas Lab and Les would come in to fix the testing instruments or do maintenance and he was always so nice and had a great sense of humor. He was a hard worker. Sending prayers.