Nov 30, 2022

Lester E. Young

Posted Nov 30, 2022 1:28 PM

Lester E. Young, Belleville

Lester E. Young
Lester E. Young

Obituary for Lester E. Young | Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home

July 12, 1939 ~ November 27, 2022 (age 83)

Cremation was selected and a memorial gathering with family greeting friends will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Golden Bell Haven, Belleville, Kansas. A register book will be available to sign at the memorial gathering.

Memorials are suggested to Church People Concerned (Golden Bell Haven).

Obituary of Lester E. Young

Lester E. Young, the son of Ernest R. and Thelma E. Young, was born July 12, 1939 in Kansas City Missouri and passed away on November 27, 2022 at Bryan Medical Center East, Lincoln, NE at the age of 83 years, 4 months, and 15 days.

Lester grew up in Osawatomie, KS, graduating from Osawatomie High School.    He then attended Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, graduating with a BA degree in business.

Lester served with the U.S .Army from 1958 until 1964.   He was stationed in Korea from 1958 until 1960 and attained the rank of Sp-4.   

Lester worked at the Osawatomie State Hospital from 1961 until 1966 and later at the Winfield State Hospital from 1966-1971 as an orderly.    He then was the administrator at the Belleview Manor Nursing Home in Belleville, KS from 1971 until 1981.   From 1981 until 1992, he was the administrator at the Enterprise Nursing Home in Enterprise, KS.

Lester was a funeral director with Roselawn Mortuary in Salina, Kansas for a time and later worked at Walmart in Salina and Concordia, Kansas.   He returned to Belleville, KS in 2016 to be near family.

He was united in marriage to Linda Carol James and to this union one daughter was born, Sandra Kay.    He later was united in marriage to Annabelle Simon, and children Shellie and Mike joined the family.

 Lester was a member of the Kiwanis in Belleville, the Lions Club in Enterprise, KS, the Elks in Belleville and Abilene, KS, and was a member of the Kansas Professional Nursing Home Administrator Association from 1971 until 1992.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Thelma Young; wife Annabelle; and great-grandson Owen James.

Lester is survived by his children Sandra Kay (Chris) DeFazio of Wellsville, KS, Mike (Sandy) Cole of Belleville, KS, and Shellie Williams of Belleville, KS; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; special friend Delores Whiteman of Winfield, KS;  brother, Larry O. Young of California, and sister Shirley Whitaker of Stover, MO;  other relatives, and friends.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, KS.

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Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

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