Lester L. Kirkpatrick, 81, of Swansea, IL, formerly of New Athens, IL. born on June 22, 1933 in Tilden, IL; passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was a retired Illinois State Trooper. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. Lester was an gifted woodworker and artist. He also greatly enjoyed watching wrestling matches.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Alberta and Nettia, nee Harris, Kirkpatrick; his wife Sue, nee Marler, Kirkpatrick whom he married on March 13, 1953 in Marissa, IL and who passed away on September 3, 2010. He is also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
He is survived by two sons – Jeff (Julee) Kirkpatrick of St. Louis, MO; Brad (Laura) Kirkpatrick of Swansea, IL. His grandchildren – Valerie Horner of St. Louis, MO; Sabrina Horner of St. Louis, MO; Jocelyn (Darren) Cross of Mascoutah, IL; Bryce Kirkpatrick of Swansea, IL. His great-grandchildren – Carson Powell; Madison Kirkpatrick. Four brothers – Gary “Babe” Kirkpatrick; Randy (Denise) Kirkpatrick; “Buster” (Mary) Kirkpatrick; Harold (Diana K.) Kirkpatrick. Three sisters – Gail (Gary) Kloth; Patricia (Floyd) Green; Joyce Eggers. Also survived by a dear friend – Sandra Kirkpatrick.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. (This is a corrected time due to last minute scheduling).
Interment: Burial will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.