Jesperson, Alan Bluegrass musician, antique radio expert / enthusiast, and perpetual joke-teller - passed away unexpectedly at his Mpls. home 12/30/21, age 74.
Survived by wife Janine Kemmer, brother Peter (Jennifer) Jesperson, daughter Elise (Richard) Balderrama, nephew Autry Jesperson, cousins Norman (Dee) Berg, Janet Hultgren Range, Richard (Gayle) Hultgren, step children Bill Emery (Kevin Milton), Michael Emery, Susan (Don) Campbell, grandchildren Ryan and Brett Ebhardt, Denise Campbell. Alan also leaves his kitties and his well-played guitar.
In 1958 Chet and Carolyn Jesperson moved their family from Robbinsdale to Minnetonka where Alan and Peter enjoyed time with their horses, ever-present dogs, and found their love of music. In 1968 Alan formed the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, a bluegrass band that's been together ever since.
With his family's encouragement and partnership, Alan started Great Northern Antigues & Vintage Radios where he collected, rebuilt and sold vintage radios, becoming an international expert in this niche.
As a loving dad and grandpa, Alan was always ready with his truck to move kids and their stuff around town, grab dinner, a movie, play Bananagrams, and tell jokes.
Alan created and organized the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival held at Minnehaha Park on Labor Day for 21 years. In 2018 Alan and Janine threw their surprise wedding on the festival stage.
Memorials may be given to the Alan Jesperson Laughing Waters Bluegrass Fund at GoFundMe.com. A celebration of life will be held on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022.
Published on January 23, 2022
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