HOOPESTON — Lester E. Walder, 90, of Hoopeston died at 8:18 a.m., Saturday (April 8, 2017) at his home at Autumn Fields in Hoopeston.

He was born Dec. 29, 1926, in rural Rankin, the son of Henry and Dora (Hari) Walder. He married Dorothy C. Baurer on Aug. 28, 1955, in Princeville. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2012.

Lester is survived by one son, Douglas (Julie) Walder of Hoopeston; two daughters, Pamela (Samuel) Furrer of St. Joseph, and Patti (Guy) Percy of Gibson City; grandchildren Levi (Anna) Marti, Lincoln Marti, Joel (Laura) Furrer, Katie Walder, Ryan (Tamar) Walder, Ashley Walder, Ben (Jill) Percy, Will Alexandra, and Austin Percy; three great-grandchildren, Layden and Esther Marti and Natalie Percy; and one sister, Delores Maibach of Rittman, Ohio. He is also survived by three brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Harry, Ervin, Melvin, Donald, Dale, Charles, and Robert Walder; and one sister, Lillian Maibach.

Lester was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park and the Cissna Park American Legion. He was in the Korean War where he served as a medic in a MASH unit. Lester was a farmer since 1958 and enjoyed woodworking, visiting with and helping others, and spending time with his family.

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Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Church with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery with military rites by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Youth Missions International (YMI), an outreach ministry where his grandson, Levi, is employed.

Please share a memory of Lester at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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