Lester James Colbert, 81, residing in Huron, died early Friday morning, April 25, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lester grew up on Kelleys Island and graduated from Estes High School on the island. He served six years in the U.S. Navy and upon returning home moved to Sandusky. He attended BGSU for 21/2 years. He retired from Herman's Furniture Inc. after 46 years of service as its treasurer.
Lester was a member of Sandusky Elks 285, American Legion Post 83, and the Sandusky AMVETS Post 29.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann (Klemperer), whom he married May 31, 1955; daughter, Cindi and Neil Reiter of Monroeville; son, David J. and Jennifer Colbert of Sandusky; six grandchildren, Linnette (Reiter) Roberts, Deidre (Colbert) Windau, Brooke (Reiter) Saltsman, Matthew Reiter, Amanda Colbert, and Stephen Reiter; seven great-grandchildren, Victoria, Luke, Logan, Brayden, Austin, Cody and Brianna; sister-in-law, Mitzi Fronizer; niece, Shelley Maiberger; great-nieces, Rachel and Tori; and his special cousin, Rose Marie Ryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester L. and Harriet (McElligot) Colbert-Myers; stepfather of 69 years, Samuel T. Myers; and niece, Tracy Fronizer.
A gathering of family and friends will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, in the Chapel at Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. Inurnment services will be private in Meadow Green Memorial Park Huron. Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be sent at grofffuneralhomes.com.