Obituary for Orville Lester
Orville Shirley Lester, Sr, 79, of Okawville, IL, born October 8, 1938 Mohawk, WV, passed away at Memorial East Hospital on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Orville retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force. He established the Little Oak Baptist Church in Lebanon, Illinois in 1968. He was a firm believer and valued education, of which he received his Ph.D. He enjoyed playing softball at the Air Force bases where he was stationed. He also enjoyed a good game of racquet ball. He very much loved his family and his grandchildren, along with his church. Orville was a very humble and hardworking man.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Effie Lester, nee Cline, and three brothers.
Surviving are his wife, Delma Lester; 3 children, Orville (Laurie) Lester, Jr. of Columbia, IL, Michael (Myke Zurenda) Lester of Houston, TX, and Mark (Jessica) Lester of Okawville, IL; five sisters and three brothers; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org). Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, IL 62269.
Visitation will also be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with funeral service beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Pastors Mark Minor and Ernie Meadows officiating.
Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 2900 Sheridan St. Louis, MO 63125 with full military honors.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.