MOUNT VERNON — Lester C. Preston, 87, of Summit Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Palliative Care Unit of Knox Community Hospital.
He was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Lynnfield, Mass., to the late Lester K. and Lenora (Galeucia) Preston. Lester was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for seven years and the Motorola Corp. for over 31 years. On Jan. 27, 1987, Lester and his wife, R. Miriam, retired and purchased a home in Mount Vernon. Lester served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the European, African and Middle Eastern areas. He received an Honorable Discharge in January 1946. He and Miriam were married in Swampscott, Mass., on Sept. 4, 1949.
Since being a part of the Mount Vernon community, Lester had been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon Masonic Temple Co., a 50-year member of Mount Zion Lodge 9 F&AM, Aladdin Shrine, Baldwin Shrine Club, Aladdin Senior Shrine Club, Clinton Chapter 26, Kinsman Council 76, Clinton Commandery 5, Station Break Senior Center, Order of Eastern Star, Colonial City High Twelve Club and Kam Ram Grotto.
In 1989, Lester was selected the Mount Vernon Chapter of AARP as the Outstanding Volunteer and awarded AARP’s National Community Service Award. In 1993, he was named Outstanding Senior Citizen by Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging and received the Knox County Senior Citizen award from the Ohio House of Representatives. In 1995, Mount Zion Lodge 9 F&AM presented him with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding community service. In 2003 and 2006, he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Ohio, and in 2009, Mount Zion Lodge 9 F&AM presented him with the Distinguished Service Award for service to Mount Zion Lodge 9 F&AM.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, R. Miriam (Juel) Preston; a daughter, Marta (Jeff) VanLoon of Lodi, three grandchildren, Shawna VanLoon of Tallmadge, Heather VanLoon of Wilmington, N.C., and Ryan VanLoon of Akron; nieces and nephews, Miriam Dockham, Beverly Teixera and Richard Colle.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Colle.
A Masonic service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. High St., Mount Vernon, with Pastor Karl Stevens officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Mound View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 16810 Columbus, OH 43216-6810.
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