Idaho County Free Press


Urban Lester Dies

  Urban S. Lester, a retired Idaho County farmer, died Tuesday morning September 2 at the Grangeville Convalescent Center.  He was 84.

  Born Sept. 23, 1895, at Southwest City, Mo., he was the son of Frank and Laura Lester.  He attended school in Missouri before his parents migrated to Oregon and then to Idaho, settling north of Grangeville in 1912.

  Lester served in Scotland for 18 months as a member of the Navy during World War I.  He and Nellie Asker were married at Lewiston on Nov. 26, 1923 and moved to a farm near Fenn.

  Several years later they moved to a farm south of Cottonwood where they lived until 1965 when they retired and moved to Grangeville. 

   Lester was a member of the Grangeville Methodist Church and the Veterans of World War I.

  Survivors include his widow at the family home; two daughters Marilyn Bieker of Nampa and Pat Whitely of Lewiston; two brothers, John Lester of Fenn and Henry Lester of Weiser; a sister, Mrs. Wilmuth Williams of Ontario, Ore., nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  The body was cremated and a private memorial service planned.  Arrangements were handled by Uhlorn Funeral Home at Cottonwood.  Those who wish may make donations in his memory to Syringa General Hospital.

 Submitted by Chris Cornett



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