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Andrew P. Hatlestad

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Andrew P. Hatlestad, 20, of New London died on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021 at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake near New London. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church where a time of sharing will follow. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London. \u0009www.hafh.org

Andrew Phillip Hatlestad was born on September 11, 2000, in Willmar, the beloved son of Phillip and Carolyn (Lange) Hatlestad. He grew up on the family farm west of New London and was cherished and deeply loved by his family, friends and members of his church and community. Andrew was the happiest and most beautiful little boy with sparkly blue eyes and an early ability to turn words into clever puns, which grew into a mature, sharp wit. Starting in grade school he raised chickens and sold eggs – saving every penny – which he was using now to pay for his college tuition. Andrew loved to fish, whether it was in a boat with friends on Echo Lake or by himself on the shores of Norway Lake. He loved being with his two big brothers and would drop whatever he was doing to help them or participate in tomfoolery. He loved spending time with his buddies that have stuck together since grade school and he blossomed while growing a sweet relationship with his girlfriend.

Doodling while listening to high school teachers grew into a love of creating intricate, colorful full-page doodle art with subtle messages and clues to what he was thinking at the time.

Andrew was smart, kind, witty, helpful, a creative cook, politically astute and had a sophisticated taste in music that implied he had a soul from a previous generation. He hugged his parents every morning.

Andrew attended Prairie Woods Elementary and New London-Spicer High School, graduating in the class of 2019. While in high school he participated in FFA, concert band, jazz band, theater, speech, ski club and cross country. He was also active in the Arctander Aces 4-H club and Boy Scout Troop 228, earning his Eagle Scout rank in 2019. He had worked at Hillcrest Restaurant, the Lunch Box at the Minnesota State Fair and was currently working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Bethesda in Willmar while attending Ridgewater College in the Registered Nursing Program.

Andrew was a member of First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake where he was baptized, confirmed, served as an acolyte, participated in the National Lutheran Youth Gathering and mission trips.

Andrew is survived by his parents, Phillip and Carolyn; brothers, Erik Hatlestad of New London and Adam (Lexa) Hatlestad of New London; girlfriend, Wah Wah; aunts and uncles: Elaine Hayes, Lynn and Craig Edwards, John and Kay Hatlestad, Dennis Lange/Abigail Ring and Darwin Lange/Heidi Heitkamp and cousins Nick and Dan Edwards, Ali and Nathan Lange, Kaitlin and Devin Lange and Karen and Mark Hatlestad.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Doris and Ellsworth Hatlestad of New London and Bill and Marge Lange of Jamestown, North Dakota.

Andrew’s death leaves an unfathomable chasm in the hearts of his family and friends and is an enormous loss to those he would’ve loved and helped in the future.

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