Norfolk — Lester L. Strong, 92, of Norfolk died peacefully in his home while sleeping on Friday, July 3, 2020.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. face masks and social distancing were requested.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the funeral home. Pastor Gordon Braun officiated.

Pallbearers were Dan Strong, Alex Prim, Ryan Prim, Lucas Strong, Charli Schlomer and Reilly Schlomer.

Prior to the service military rites were conducted in the Stonacek Funeral Chapel parking lot by the American Legion POst 16, V.F.W. Post 1644 and the U.S. Army Honors Guard.

A private family burial took place in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Lester was born on Dec. 19, 1927 to Clarence and Lena (Krake) Stron in O'Neill. He attended grade school in O'Neill and graduated from O'Neill High School in 1945.

After his education, he served in the United States Army from Feb. 23, 1946 to July 31, 1947. 

After his honorable discharge, Lester moved back to O’Neill. He married Violet Elaine Alderson on Oct. 7, 1948 in Madison and the couple made their home in O’Neill. In 1954, they moved to Norfolk, where they raised their family of eight children.

Lester started his own business in Norfolk as a cement mason.

He enjoyed camping and traveling with his wife and family, but most of all he loved his family. Most every holiday was spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Lester was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Norfolk.

Lester is survived by two sons Brad (Lori) Strong and Steve Strong, all of Norfolk; five daughters Carolyn Small of Norfolk, Kathryn Strong of Alameda, CA, Cindy (Stan) Christensen of Norfolk, Joy (Steve) Hobbs of Slana, AK, and Cheryl Strong of San Mateo, CA; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his spouse of 62 years Violet Elaine who passed away in 2010, his parents, his eldest son Alan Strong, one great-granddaughter, one great-grandson and 11 siblings.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stonacekfu neralchapel.com.      

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