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Lester F Birkhead
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1912
Death: Nov. 20, 2002

Lester Franklin Birkhead, 90, formerly of the Viola area, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Mercer County Hospital. Lester had been in the extended care unit at the hospital since February. He had lived in the Moline and Rock Island area prior.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Dennison Funeral Homes, Viola, with visitation 10 a.m. to service time. Burial is in Viola Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mercer County Hospital Extended Care.

He was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Jefferson County, Ill., near Mount Vernon, to William and Ida Mae Olomon Birkhead. Lester and his family moved to the Viola area in 1922. He attended Viola High School where he starred in basketball and track.

He married Marjorie Simpson Sept. 6, 1936. They enjoyed a marriage of 53 years until her death on April 12, 1990.

In 1934 he started working at the Farmall Plant in Rock Island. He retired in 1967 from the International Harvester truck plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He enjoyed his work, the farm, his family and athletics.

Lester was a 59-year member of Rock Island Masonic Lodge 57.

Surviving are his sister, Dorothy Birkhead, Viola; brothers and sisters-in-law, William Edwin and Bonnie Birkhead, East Moline, Russell and Jean Birkhead, Monmouth, and Roger and Rachel Birkhead, Aledo; several nieces and nephews have enjoyed the life of Uncle Les. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Gladys.
(Rock Island Argus, Nov. 22, 2002)
 
 
Burial:
Viola Cemetery
Viola
Mercer County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Florence
Record added: Mar 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7287078
 


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