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Lester R. Kitchen, 97, Shreve

1919-2017

Published: June 10, 2017 5:00 AM

SHREVE -- Lester R. Kitchen, 97, of Shreve, went to be with his Lord in Heaven on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

He passed away peacefully at the Wayne County Care Center. He joins his wife of 67 years, Evelyn, who died in January of 2015.

Lester R. Kitchen, 97, Shreve

Lester was born Nov. 24, 1919 in Five Points, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, to Perry and Marry Belle (Neff) Kitchen. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from January of 1942 until October of 1945 in the Panama Canal Zone during World War II. He settled in Shreve and did carpentry work with his father. He was later employed by Freeman Construction and helped build structures at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The College of Wooster and Triway High School.

In 1965, he became the street superintendent for the Village of Shreve. He served on Village Council, was a deputy policeman, and was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. He also served on the Oak Grove Cemetery Association for more than 50 years. Lester was a lifetime member of the Shreve American Legion, Forest Post 67, and was a member of the Legion Color Guard. Lester was a member of the Shreve Lions Club. His hobbies were hunting, bowling and playing golf, which he continued to do until his late 80s.

Since 1940, Lester was a faithful member of Shreve United Methodist Church and served on several committees as he was serving the Lord.

He is survived by son Kenneth L. (Peg) Kitchen of Wooster and daughter Kathryn J. (James) Sheppard of Medina; grandsons Bradley (Robin) Kitchen of Wooster and Michael (Arian) Kitchen of Mansfield; granddaughters Julie (Joshua) Sockrider of Westerville and Erin (Jeffery) Sustersic of Westfield Center. There are nine great-grandchildren -- Bridget, Simon, Oliver and Milo Kitchen; Quintin, Sydney and Grant Sockrider; and Austin and Addison Sustersic.

Preceding him in death are wife Evelyn, parents Perry and Mary Belle Kitchen, brothers Orris, Arthur, Eldon and Ivan Kitchen, and sisters Wilma Ackeret and Saranna Decker.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Wayne County Care Center for the wonderful care that Lester received during his time there. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wayne County Care Center Auxiliary, 876 S. Geyers Chapel Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

Funeral service was Tuesday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Shreve United Methodist Church, 430 N. Main St. with pastors Bill Lawson and Gary Miller officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, where military honors were observed. Schlabach Funeral Home handled arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at schlabachfh.com.


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