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 Albert Lester “Les” Howery

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Albert Lester “Les” Howery

  • Birth 5 Oct 1925 Bunker Hill, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 18 Jun 1981 Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 41270565

Albert Lester "Les", was born to Albert Fred & Merle Mae Potter Howery. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He graduated from Mason High School in 1943.

Les served his country in the Army. On Sept. 24, 1948 he married Elaine Pearl Raymond (Mar. 4, 1926) daughter of Ray & Marjorie Raymond. They had 2 sons, Kim & Kris. They divorced.

On Sept. 23, 1961 Les married Janet Opdyke (Aug. 19, 1939) in Mason, MI. Janet's parents were Ivan Ray Opdyke (1913) and Bessie Johnson (1920). They had 2 sons: Jeffrey & Robert.

In his younger years he was a pilot. He would often "buzz" the barn...just to let us know he was in the air.

He was a very good carpenter, and knew a lot about woods and carpentry. He built several houses. Les also worked at Wickes Lumber Co. in Mason, and then moved to Petoskey to work at Wickes there. He also liked to collect wood planes (the tool that smoothes wood).

Les was a volunteer fire fighter for the Mason Dept. On Feb. 20, 1970 he was injured at the Mason Elevator fire, when the roof fell on him. He had a broken arm and internal injuries.

He was a soft-spoken, quiet individual, very "laid-back".
He taught me, his little 3 year old cousin, to "drive" a an open hay-field, so I couldn't hit anything!

And he knew where and how to find morel mushrooms!

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  • Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
  • Added: 28 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41270565
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Lester “Les” Howery (5 Oct 1925–18 Jun 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41270565, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Theron & Helen Smith (contributor 46935364) .