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Lester Kirkpatrick

Lester Kirkpatrick

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.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Sorry to see you go, Brother, but, we understand that you were in a great deal of pain, and you wanted to see your “SWEET SUSIE” . I know you two are dancing up a storm now and meeting up with brothers, sister, mom and dad, and all who have passed on. So, save a place for us as we will see you in the great by and by.. LOVE you and Miss you..

    Posted by: Buster & Mary Kirkpatrick Nov 23, 2014

  2. Administrator says:

    Les you were my big brother and I always looked up to you.
    you were so kind and such a giving and caring person.
    I have such good memories of times I spent with you and Sue.
    I will miss you so much but I know you are at peace now and will be with SUE
    LOVE YOU FOREVER your sister JOYCE

    Posted by: Marilyn Joyce Eggers – tucson, AZ – sister Nov 23, 2014

  3. Administrator says:

    Uncle Les, we are so sorry to see you go but know that you are out of pain and at peace. We know you and Aunt Sue are together again.

    Posted by: Bonnie Holtz – Smithton, IL – Nieces Dec 04, 2014

  4. Administrator says:

    Uncle Les, we are so sorry to see you go, but know that you are out of pain and at peace. We know you and Aunt Sue are together again.

    Posted by: Bonnie, Ginger, Karen and Nancy – Smithton, IL – Nieces Dec 04, 2014

  5. Administrator says:

    You were a wonderful brother. We all miss you dearly. I know you are where you wanted to be. Love and Hugs always. Susie.

    Posted by: Gail Kirkpatrick Kloth – Walsh, IL – Sister Dec 07, 2014

  6. Administrator says:

    Some of my best memories were made while visiting Uncle Les , Aunt Sue ,Brad and Jeff. I thought you had the coolest house and was so impressed you were a State Trooper. I allways so you as a gentle giant ( guess you really wasn’t a giant though). When I think of Aunt Sue she was allways laughing. I’m glad you two are together again. The Kirkpatrick family is an excellent example of what family is all about. I Love you all. Debbie Eggers Borman

    Posted by: Debbie Eggers Borman – Las Vegas, NV – Niece Dec 07, 2014

  7. Administrator says:

    eff, Brad and Family,
    I remember all the great times we had as kids growing up in a family filled with our heroes. Uncle Les was someone to look up to. He was firm but always fair. He had a great since of humor and was always teasing us in some way or another. He by far cooked the best pot of chili I have ever tasted and remember as a kid going to your house for your dads chili
    Posted by: John (Woody) Woodside – Tomiyachi, Japan – Nephew Dec 08, 2014

  8. Administrator says:

    Will miss you forever and always.

    Posted by: Susie – Walsh, IL – sister Dec 11, 2014

  9. Administrator says:

    So sorry for your loss our prayers are with the family. Downs Family

    Posted by: Viola Downs – Chester, IL – friend of the family Dec 11, 2014

  10. Administrator says:

    The family was so sad when we read the newspaper today,We all had stories to share from many years ago when our family lived in New Athens.Les was a great man.
    The Coonrod family

    Posted by: Tracy Wingerter – Percy, IL Dec 12, 2014

  11. Administrator says:

    Sorry for the loss of a wonderful perdon.

    Posted by: Theresa (Lannom) Antonellis – New Athens, IL – friend Dec 14, 2014

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