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Lester DeBolt, 91, died Thursday afternoon, May 31, 2012, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak.
Lester Edward DeBolt was born to Lester Lorenzo and Matilda Katherine (Kruse) DeBolt March 20, 1921, in Macedonia. He grew up in the Wales area and graduated from Henderson High School.
Lester served his country in the United States Army Air Corps where he was a crew chief on B-24 bombers.
He married Evelyn Jean Selser in 1950. This union was blessed with three children, John, Jean and Jeffrey.
Lester worked for the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of North America for more than 35 years. He also farmed for many years. He loved to be outdoors where he could hunt and fish. He also enjoyed woodworking and refurbishing old furniture. Another hobby of Lester’s was boating. He made his own boats and enjoyed being on the water.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeffrey; seven brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn DeBolt, of Red Oak; his children, John Lester DeBolt, of Carroll, and Jean Louise (Milford) Friesen, of Douglas, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Laura (Jason) McNatt, of Urbandale, Cara (Dustin) Bloom, of Appleton, Wis., Emily DeBolt and James DeBolt of Carroll, Sally (Dan) Stoakes, of Omaha, Susanah Friesen and fiancé Justin Case, of Douglas, and Eric DeBolt, of Bode; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Weston, Evelyn and Mitchell Stoakes, Owen and Oliver Case, Elyse Bloom, and Ellison and Ailey McNatt; a brother, Bob (Marge) DeBolt, of Charles City; a sister, Vivian Hicks, of Stanton; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Burial was in the Emerson Cemetery. Visitation with the family present took place Tuesday, June 5, from 5-7 p.m., at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak.
A memorial fund is being established. The Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak is in charge of arrangements.