Joseph Merle Lester, age 73, of Miles City, formerly of Williston, ND passed away on Monday February 23, 2015 at the V.A. Nursing Home in Miles City, MT.
Joseph was born on May 31, 1941 in Alexander, ND the son of Joseph and Fern (Wehterelt) Lester. Joseph grew up in Charbonneau, where he attended school until the 8th grade. On August 31, 1961 Joseph enlisted in the United States Marine Core. During his time with the Marines he earned his GED, and on April 10, 1964 Joseph was honorably discharged. After his military service Joseph moved around working various jobs until he met the love of his life Elizabeth TerBush shortly after the two were married and to this union they had five children. Joseph’s love of woodworking eventually led him to become a cabinet maker something he truly enjoyed doing, until due to health reasons Joseph was forced to retire in 2007.
Joseph was an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed being outdoors but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Joseph is survived by his children; Stephen J. (Terry) Lester of Jacksonville, FL, Elizabeth V. Fast of Miles City, Dorothea (Edward) Aitken of Brighton, MO; brother, Lloyd Lester; sisters, Annie Tysver, Thelma Vrana, Ida Harmon and Hazel Brossman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; parents, Joseph and Fern; two sons, Joseph and William; one brother, Thomas Lester and one sister, Elsie Carsten.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Alliance Church, in Fairview, MT. Military Honors will follow directly after the service at the Church. Interment will be at a later date.
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