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Lester F. Dicke, 95, of 14040 Mercer-Auglaize County Line Road, St. Marys, died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Mercer County, the son of Florince and Anna (Moeller) Dicke, Sr.
He married Eileen Hollman on Dec. 27, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2002.
He is survived by his son, Jonny (Wanda) Dicke of Celina; his five grandchildren, Melinda (Jeff) Smith of Bluffton, Tim (Yvonne) Dicke of Beavercreek, Ted (Nicole) Dicke of St. Marys, Missy (Tim) Hirschfeld of Dublin and Mandy Dicke of Celina; by 10 great-grandchildren; by a brother, Florince “Dick” (Trudy) Dicke of St. Marys; a sister, Marge Silvers of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Sylvanus Dicke, LeeVern Dicke and Donald Dicke; by two sisters, Edna Hudson and Mary Margaret Dicke.
Lester was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer and had formerly worked as a steam engineer at the Weston Paper Mill in St. Marys. He was a member of Mercer Lodge #121, Free and Accepted Masons for 41 years; St. Marys Chapter #51 of the Royal Arch Masons for 38 years; St. Marys Council #81 of the Royal and Select Masons for 38 years; served as Worshipful Master, High Priest, Illustrious Master and Commander of the Knight York Cross of Honor for 26 years; was Worthy Patron twice of Hawthorne Chapter #119, Order of Eastern Star; Grand Aid to Grand Worthy Matron of OES.
Lester supported his church, Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys, by serving as a deacon, elder and trustee of the church. He was the Director of the Soil and Water Conservation District for eight years; Director of Milk Marketing Incorporated for six years; was a life member of American Legion Post 323, St. Marys.
Funeral rites will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray, officiant.
Burial, with military honors, will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where Masonic Memorial Rites will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be given to either Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, Grand Lake Hospice or the St. Marys Living Center.
Condolences may be sent to Lester’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.