Nov. 19, 1950-Oct. 7, 2012
MINNEOTA - Service for John Telste, 61, of Ashburn, Va., formerly of Minneota, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hemnes Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Hemnes Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota.
John died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Little Hospice in Edina.
John Gilbert Telste was born Nov. 19, 1950, in Marshall, to Johannes and Agnes (Johnson) Telste. He grew up in Minneota and graduated from Minneota High School in 1968. He received his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Augsburg and his master's in mathematics from Indiana University. In July 1975, John began his career doing mathematical research for the U.S. Navy. John wrote and presented numerous papers pertaining to his work. He lived in Virginia and recently retired in June 2012. John had plans to do computer research and review professional papers after his retirement. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and came to the University of Minnesota Hospital for evaluation for a lung transplant.
John was an avid book reader and enjoyed studying languages including Norwegian, German, Russian and the computer programming. He also enjoyed travel and presenting his papers in various places including Europe. He attended the Presbyterian church in Sterling, Va.
John is survived by his siblings Allan (and Linda) Telste of Minneota, Bob (and Bobbi) Telste of Alexandria and Beth (and Dennis) Vercruysse of Minneota; nieces and nephews Elaine (and Andy) Steffen, Matthew (and Melea) Telste, James (and Kristin) Telste, Greg (and Colleen) Telste, Michael Telste, Megan Telste, Erin (and Chris) Dahlke, Heidi Telste, Kiersten Telste, Robyn (and Brad) Minnehan, Scott Vercruysse and Kevin Vercruysse.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors