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Published January 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Blymer Morris Lester

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blymer Morris Lester, affectionately known as Les, was born in Paducah, Texas on March 17, 1923. On January 18th he passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1985 he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Marlys. Also preceding in death were his parents, two of his sisters and one brother. Survived by his loving wife of ten years, Joan Lester, his three children, son Steven Lester and wife Ruth of Bismarck, ND; daughter Linda Lester Rand and husband Pete of Minneapolis, MN and son Douglas Lester and wife Jody of Flower Mound, TX. Three step-children Susan Burton and husband Michael of Corinth, TX; Jack Maxwell and wife Alicia of Flower Mound, TX; Steve Maxwell of Atlanta, GA; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; his sister Lucille Miller of Bakersfield, CA; brothers-in-law Alton Peterson of Fort Meyers, FL; Lee Shultz of Springfield, MO, as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Blymer Morris Lester

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blymer Morris Lester, affectionately known as Les, was born in Paducah, Texas on March 17, 1923. On January 18th he passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1985 he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Marlys. Also preceding in death were his parents, two of his sisters and one brother. Survived by his loving wife of ten years, Joan Lester, his three children, son Steven Lester and wife Ruth of Bismarck, ND; daughter Linda Lester Rand and husband Pete of Minneapolis, MN and son Douglas Lester and wife Jody of Flower Mound, TX. Three step-children Susan Burton and husband Michael of Corinth, TX; Jack Maxwell and wife Alicia of Flower Mound, TX; Steve Maxwell of Atlanta, GA; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; his sister Lucille Miller of Bakersfield, CA; brothers-in-law Alton Peterson of Fort Meyers, FL; Lee Shultz of Springfield, MO, as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Les grew up in West Texas during the Dust Bowl Days. He joined the Army in 1941 during World War II, fought in The Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war in Germany. He met his future wife, Marlys Peterson of Moorhead, Minnesota in San Jose, CA. They married December 19, 1946.

In 1947 Les and Marlys moved to Detroit Lakes, MN and joined his father-in-law, Francis Peterson, and brother-in-law, Alton Peterson, in the family owned and operated Nash car dealership. In 1956, the family moved to Moorhead, MN and expanded the car dealership. Francis Peterson, Inc. was sold in 1991. Les retired and moved to the Dallas, Texas.

Les loved fishing and golf. He also enjoyed driving his motor home on his annual trips to California to visit his family and many friends. He had a deep passion for music and loved singing and playing his piano and guitar.

His gentle spirit and joyful outlook provided a warm embrace to all he met. There was always a spring in his step, a twinkle in his eye, and a welcome in his smile.

He was a loving, faithful, generous, wonderful, loyal and humble man. Les lived a life that exuded love and faith and affected many generations of family and friends.

The Memorial Service was held on January 21, 2013 in Dallas, Texas and the Interment Service will be held in Moorhead, MN later this spring.

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything. -2 Corinthians 6:10

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