Lester Charles Oelze, Sr

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April 24, 1922 - April 24, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Maryland Hights, MO

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Lester Charles Oelze, Sr., of Maryland Heights, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the age of 97.  Loving husband of the late Murleen N. Oelze; beloved son of the late Chris and Ida Oelze; devoted father of  Beverly A. (Ralph) Horneker, Charlene Pieper, Lester (Patty) Oelze, Jr., Jeffrey D. (Claire Boedeker) Oelze, and Donna Kay (Ken Gassel) Oelze; step-father of  Jerry (Nora) Outlaw and the late James Outlaw; cherished grandfather of Theodore (Sharon) Horneker, Timothy (Melody) Horneker, Michelle (Tom) Marlow, Daniel (Sherry) Pieper, Joseph Pieper, Scott Oelze, Michael Oelze, Sarah (Jonathan) Spears, Melinda (the late Noah) Rappe, Blake (Chelsae) Oelze, Jordan Oelze, Tyler Oelze, Carrie (Shannon) Lanier, and Tracy Outlaw; dear brother of Melvin Oelze.  Lester was also preceded in death by his brother, Chris Oelze, Jr.; sisters, Margaret Oelze and Hermania Oelze; and grandson, Kenneth Pieper.

Lester proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II, and he received 5 Bronze Stars, as well as a Good Conduct Medal for his service in the war.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #312.  After the service, he went to work in the railroad industry, and he retired as a foreman after more than 36 years.

Lester loved golfing and even had mastered a 'hole in one.'  He enjoyed striking out the pins with the members of the church bowling team.  He looked forward to spending time outdoors and playing on the church softball league at Bridgeton Bible Church.  He and his wife liked to travel to Branson and around the United States visiting many landmarks.  Lester also enjoyed watching his grandkids sporting and theater events.  He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lester's name to Grace Community Chapel.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sherri Pieper April 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    candle 3Love you, and will be greatly missed. Wish, we could of spent more time together. Sherri Pieper.

  2. Patty Oelze April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    candle 1RIP dad. You will be remembered forever my everyone who met you.❤

  3. Dan pieper April 26, 2019 at 1:23 am - Reply

    candle 3I will miss him love you grandpa i will never forget you

  4. Ted & Sharon Horneker April 26, 2019 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Sharon and I will always cherish the times we were able to be with you. Your love was never ending. You were an inspiration to all that knew you. Love you Grandpa!!

  5. Scott Oelze Jr April 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    candle 3I love you grandpa even though I never got to know you it sounds like you had a great amazing life

  6. Jackie Oelze April 27, 2019 at 9:08 am - Reply

    candle 1Lester, I have always had the greatest respect and love for you. My heart always will hold a special place for you. 💔
    Jackie Oelze

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