William A. Lydell

1931 – October 18, 2021

William A. Lydell, passed away October 18, 2021 at 90 years of age. The funeral was held at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 30th. Bill was born in Valley City, North Dakota, where he graduated with baccalaureate degrees in English and Music Education after serving in the Korean War. Throughout his life, Bill followed his passions for music and education, enriching the lives of many. He began teaching choir and band in Hoffman, MN, where he met his wife, Margret. With a Masters of Music from U. Michigan, he taught at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. He grew the music program to include orchestras, choirs, and music theory courses. His choirs and ensembles gave many performances over the decades, including two European tours. Bill was also a church organist and choir director; clinician and adjudicator for music contests; and music editor, composer, and arranger.

After teaching, Bill enjoyed travel, performing, and volunteer work. He played many benefit concerts, at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital weekly, and recorded audiobooks. He also resumed solo and band performance, founding Sweet Jazz in 1994. He loved gigging around town. He enjoyed trains, a good joke, and telling a lively story. His well of “North Dakota-isms” never ran dry. He loved his family and friends dearly, grateful for time together. Preceded in death by parents, sisters, and 3 nephews. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Margret; daughter, Lesley; 3 beloved pups; other cherished family and friends; and many students, who delighted him with friendship.