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Fred R Lester

November 22, 1925 — October 24, 2023

Fred Russell Lester passed away on October 24, 2023, at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine (Garts) Lester, his sister Elizabeth (Lester) Garts, and brother-in-law William Garts.

Fred was born on November 22, 1925, in Struthers, Ohio to Welsh immigrants, Annie Russell and WWI veteran of the British Army Motorcycle Dispatch Riders, Fred Lester. He grew up on a farm in Poland, Ohio, and graduated from Poland High School in 1943. Fred enlisted in the United States Army, in the Korean War.

He married the younger sister of his sister’s husband in 1955, and settled in Austintown, where they raised their two children.

Fred worked at Republic Steel as a crane operator, Kinray Manufacturing Company as a shipping clerk, and finally at Mahoning County Sanitary District as a Chemical Operator, eventually moving up to Assistant Chemist. He retired in 1990, after 32 years.

Fred leaves behind his daughter, Diana (Richard) Bell, his son Fred “Bill” Lester (KJ Shannon); his grandchildren Richard (Wei Ma) Bell, and Erin (Michael) Ward; great grandchildren Brennan and Addison Ward; his brother-in-law Jim (Elaine) Garts; nieces Marla Garts, Monika (Frank) Krieder and Sue Zak.

Fred was a wonderful, thoughtful, quiet man with a dry sense of humor and a helpful generous nature. He will be deeply missed.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Lane Funeral Home Austintown chapel, from 10am-11am. A memorial service will take place immediately following visitation, at 11am.


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