|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1904|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1999|
Lester Houser is the sixth in a line of seven sons and three daughters. His father, Christian supported his large family by engaging in several enterprises, including the use of farm equipment in custom work for other farmers. The threshing machine, baler, stone crusher and road scraper were used to serve local farmers and county and township road departments. Lester, who left school after the eighth grade to work on the farm, was the one who took a lead in repairing and maintaining this equipment.
When he married his school teacher girl friend, Ada Gamber, they rented and moved onto a 40 acre farm just South of Longenecker's Church on the Strasburg Pike. As a sideline, they started a retail farm equipment and home appliance store, selling Rumley tractors and combines and General Electric home appliances. Sometimes horses were traded in for tractors, as most farmers were then farming with horse equipment.
When Allis-Chalmers bought the Rumley Company, "L.H." inherited and promoted some new farm technology, including rubber tires on farm tractors. Soon the "side line" outgrew the farm enterprise. So he bought a farm, and at the intersection of the Strasburg Pike and Rockvale Road, he erected the large building from which he and Ada, as a partnership, determined to build a business based on service and integrity.
He took seriously what he felt was his calling to help farmers to efficiently produce food and fiber, a basic sustenance for life. In that calling, he was for over forty years, an entrepreneur and leader. He was president of the Lancaster County Farm Equipment Dealer's Association, and was a director of the Pennsylvania Farm Equipment Dealer's Association. Some years he was the largest Allis Chalmers dealer in the Harrisburg branch, one year selling over 100 rubber tired tractors. After the war, to give better service, Lester opened a branch store near Lititz, which was managed by his brother Roy.
Lester would rather be remembered as one who had a passion for lost souls; whether for his family, Sunday School class, employees and their families, traveling salesmen, or farmer customers. He told his employees, "This business is dedicated to the Lord so we are all working for the Lord and for our customers." Lester was very active in the Strasburg Mennonite Church (where his father had been preacher), serving for many years as teacher of a young men's Sunday school class. He was devoted to the ministry of the Gideons, the Christian Business Men's Committee, Lancaster Bible College, and other evangelical Christian organizations. He served as a board member of The Water Street Mission in Lancaster. For years he participated as speaker on the local radio broadcast of the Christian Business Man's Committee, whose program aired on WGAL at 12:30 on Sundays.
Although only completing eight grades in school, Lester was a life-long learner. In addition to keeping abreast on things for the business, he was committed to the study of the scriptures. He was much influenced by the systematic study of the Bible using the Scofield Course of the Moody Bible Institute. He and Ada went to hear Dr. Donald Barnhouse and other renown Bible teachers who came to the Lancaster area.
In his last years he suffered strokes which limited his mobility and even his ability to speak. He lived and died in the Landis Homes of Lititz.
Christian Musser Brubaker (1871 - 1946)
Fannie Weaver Brubaker (1873 - 1961)
Ada Gamber Brubaker (1907 - 1972)
Ara Weaver Brubaker (1898 - 1956)*
Mabel Susan Brubaker (1899 - 1999)*
John Christ Brubaker (1900 - 1991)**
Anna Mary Brubaker Esbenshade (1901 - 1985)*
Jay Martin Brubaker (1902 - 1980)*
Lester Houser Brubaker (1904 - 1999)
Harry Franklin Brubaker (1907 - 1993)*
Earl Jacob Brubaker (1909 - 1979)*
Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery
Created by: Jack Gilchrist
Record added: May 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69490177