Dr. Inman Adolph Hesla, age 90 of Austin, MN, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin surrounded by his family. Son of Inman Albert and Agnes B. (Brendsel) Hesla, Inman was born on June 2, 1922 on the family farm in Clay County, South Dakota, near Vermillion, and was baptized and confirmed at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. He attended high school at Augustana Academy in Canton, graduating in 1940.
After attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls for two years, Inman enlisted in the US Navy, where he served for three-and-a-half years. Ensign Hesla was involved in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After his discharge from the Navy, Inman returned to college at Augustana, graduating in 1947 with a BA in biology. He went on to study medicine at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for two years before transferring to Southwestern Medical School/University of Texas in Dallas where he graduated in 1951 with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. In the meantime, Inman married Lois B. Larson on July 24, 1949 in Sisseton. Moving to Minnesota, Dr. Hesla served an internship at Charles Miller Hospital in St. Paul. The couple moved to Austin in July of 1952. Dr. Hesla delivered 2,996 babies during his 34 years at the Austin Medical Center. In the spring of 1970 he served as a volunteer doctor during the Viet Nam war in Quang Tri. A respected member of the Austin community, Dr. Hesla was active at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping, singing and bird watching. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by his family, friends and the Austin community.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Hesla of Austin; three sons, Todd (Karen Johnshoy) Hesla, Joseph (Bonnie Beckel) Hesla and Bret (Jaimie Bennett) Hesla, all of Minneapolis, MN; one daughter, Beth (Gregory Scholtz) Hesla of Waverly, IA; seven grandchildren, Peter Scholtz, Rebecca Scholtz, Anna (Audun) Hepso, Paul Scholtz, Samuel Hesla, Rosina Hesla and Jeremy Kleider; a sister, Joyce Lee of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Loren (Iris) Hesla of Dallas, TX; many nieces, nephews, patients, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Inman Albert and Agnes B. (Brendsel) Hesla as well as two sisters, Arlene Hamilton and Helen Heihn.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with A.I.M. Todd Portinga officiating. Interment took place in Oakwood Cemetery, with a flag presentation by the American Legion Post 91.
The family prefers that memorials be directed to the St. Olaf Church Endowment Fund or to Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.