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Mr. Gerald "Jerry" V. Lester

April 9, 1937 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 82)


Mr. Gerald “Jerry” V. Lester, passed away at 12:53 am Friday, March 13, 2020 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

Jerry was born April 9, 1937 in Galesburg the son of Wilbur and Ruth Westberg Lester. He married Barbara Motz on August 20, 1958 in Galesburg.

Jerry is survived by his wife Barbara of 61 years; four sons, Gerald V. “JR” (Debbie) Lester, Jr. of Gilson, Illinois, Jeffrey Lee Lester and Mark Douglas (Carrie) Lester both of Galesburg and Joshua Matthew (Holly Chandler) Lester of Alexis, Illinois; four grandchildren, Steve (Emily) Lester, Damon Clemens, Jonah Lester and Keri Beth Lester and three great grandchildren, Chevy and Miles Lester and Laina Cook.

Jerry worked as automotive mechanic and a parts man, for Autowise Automotive and Midstate Manufacturing. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1955. Even though Jerry worked as a mechanic, his passion for building cars was also his hobby.

His wishes were to be cremated, with a Private Family Service. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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