Lester George Lindell passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016. He was one-of-a-kind and will be missed by many. His humor and drive were evident in every route he chose, but his love of family was the cornerstone of his life. He was happiest when the family was together and loved entertaining his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lester was born in Portland, Oregon on June 20, 1923 to Harold and Leona (Krug) Lindell. He resided in Connell, Wash., until he was a freshman in high school. At that time, the family moved to Friend, Ore., where his father began farming. After high school in Dufur, and working for Boeing as a rivet bucker, Lester joined the US Naval Air Corps. He served in the Pacific in World War II on the USS Shangri La as a bomber pilot earning three Distinguished Flying Crosses and multiple air medals. After leaving the service, Lester married Alice Chase, returned to Friend, and farmed for many years. In 1965 Les and Alice moved their family to Beaverton where he owned a restaurant and became a real estate broker, but because his true passion was farming, in 1974 they returned to Wasco County living in Tygh Valley and Dufur until moving to Aurora in 2010. He was a farmer, real estate broker, entrepreneur, and inventor, owning several patents.
Lester is survived by Alice, his wife of 69 years; their children, Nancy (Allen Trivitt), Linda (Dennis Abraham), Leslie (Doug Wilson), Hal (Shannon), Georgie (Tom Walker), Bo (Meredith), and Kelly (Richard Dahlgren); 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Burright, and nephew, Mark Burright.
He was preceded in death by a sister and two grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on November 21 at 11 a.m. at Spencer Libby and Powell Funeral Home, 1100 Kelly Ave., The Dalles, Ore. Donations in Les’s name may be made to the American Legion, 201 E. 2nd St., The Dalles, OR 97058
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