Verl G. Lester, 89, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 1.
He was born on July 30, 1929, in Evanston, to Esther and James Lester of Hilliard. He married Joyce J. Lester on Sept. 5, 1949, In Elko, Nevada.
He loved working on his ranch and tending the animals — it was his way of life. There would never be a day that you would not see him out mending fences or getting ready for the next hay season. He had many other passions, and he loved the birds, especially the wild game hens. Many times, he would bring these home for my mother to prepare for dinner.
He had a love for the outdoors, going hunting and camping, etc. We had many cows and other animals, but the sheep were his passion, and he loved to have them around and take care of them.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Lester, who has a passion for people and became a nurse. He is also survived by his daughters, Robyn Vansyoc, Marie L. Barrus and Caitlen A. Edwards; sons, Perry R. Lester, Steve A. Lester and Mark C. Lester; 18 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 17 brothers and sisters, V. Gene Lester, Samuel Lester (son), Kallie Martin Nelson (granddaughter) and Kohen George Moore.
Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Crandall Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at the LDS Sage Street chapel in Evanston, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. Graveside services will follow at the Evanston cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.