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Adrian Hestness, 1932-2019

Adrian Carrol Hestness went peacefully to be with his Lord on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Adrian Hestness

The son of Clarence and Albena (Hestad) Hestness, Adrian was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Fertile, Iowa. He graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1950 and continued on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Waldorf College and a degree in architecture from Iowa State University.

On July 16, 1955, at the age of 23, Adrian married the love of his life, Yvonne Slattum. In 1966 they moved to Albert Lea, where Adrian started his own architectural firm. They spent the next 49 years involved in the community and raising their three children, Ellen, Tim and Steve. In 2015, Adrian and Yvonne moved to Applewood Point in Bloomington to be closer to their family.

Adrian was a gentle and humble man with a servant’s heart. He was active in serving his church, a member of Gideons International and the Lions Club. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, bowling, square dancing, singing with Harmony Junction chorus, having morning coffee with friends and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After their move to Bloomington, Adrian enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones both at Applewood Point and at their new church home, Bloomington Covenant.

His accomplishments include designing many buildings in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa that will last for generations, but his most enduring legacy will be the many lives he touched. His true source of pride was the family and friends who made his life so very rich. He died much like he lived, surrounded by loved ones, peacefully confident in the assurance of God’s grace through Jesus Christ and looking forward to the promise of eternal life.

Those who preceded him in death include their infant daughter, Diane; siblings Virgil (Gladys) Hestness, Mavis (Jim) Cornick, Jerry Hestness, Gene Hestness and Shirleen Young; brother-in-law, Milford Brudvig; brother-in-law, Dale Otto; niece Kristi Hestness and many dear friends and relatives.

Those who look forward to seeing him again in heaven include his wife (of 64 years), Yvonne; sister, Vivian Brudvig; brother, Elwood(Valta) Hestness; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hestness; sister-in-law, Marie Hestness; brother-in-law, Blick Young; sister-in-law, Marlys (Stan) Nederhoff; sister-in-law, Marylin Otto; children Ellen (Todd) Johnson, Tim (Mary) Hestness and Steve (Becky) Hestness; grandchildren Jessica (Rob) Anderson, Eric (Allie) Johnson, Blake Johnson, Kristen (Trevor) Hall, Amanda (Brett) Cornell, Ben Hestness, Kayla (Luke) Daninger, Brett Hestness, Darby Hestness and Trevor Hestness; and six-great-grandchildren, Henry, Arleigh, Oskar, Maclaine, Spencer and “MiniC” due May 2020.

A memorial service and celebration of Adrian’s life will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Crossroads Church in Albert Lea. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International at www.gideons.org.