Idaho County Free Press
John W. Lester, 95
John W. Lester, 95, of
Grangeville, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Syringa General Hospital of causes
related to age.
He was born Sept. 29, 1901,
in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, a son of John F. and Laura Jane Ware Lester.
In 1905, the family moved to Baker City, Ore., and in 1912 they moved to
Grangeville. He worked in the woods as a high climber and fell timber on
the coast and in Bend, Ore.
He married Leola Conant on
Aug. 11, 1923, at Pasco, Wash. They lived in Kennewick, Wash., before
returning to Grangeville in 1929. He farmed near Fenn from 1929 until the
time of his death. Leola passed away in March of 1975. He married
Evelyn Tomlinson in June of 1975 and they have made their home on the family
He was a charter member of
the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.
He enjoyed farming, hunting
He is survived by his wife,
Evelyn; three daughters, Phyllis Vick of Boise, Lucille Schneider of Twisp,
Wash., and Argyle Landerville of Mission Viejo, Calif; one sister, Wilmuth
Williams of Fruitland; two stepsons, Bob Tomlinson of Grangeville and Kenneth
Gardner of Council; nine grandchildren, Kathy Thompson, Judy Sommerfield, Lee
Baldwin, Faith Whetstone, Ruth Jasso, Debbie McCarthy, Craig Lester, Laurie Haug,
and Wes Lester; 12 step-grandchildren, Sheril Hudson, Connie Holloway, Ron
Tomlinson, Mike Tomlinson, Kevin Tomlinson, Sharon Churchman, Linda Tomlinson,
Bill Tomlinson, Jr., Allison Gardner, Meredith Percy, and Melanie Friend;
several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was
preceded in death by his son Ted Lester and a stepson Bill Tomlinson and seven
brothers and sisters.
services will be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Noland-Blackmer
Funeral Home in Grangeville. Pastor Doug Wilson of Grangeville Church of
the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery,
The family suggests
memorial contributions to the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.
Submitted by Chris Cornett