Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Obituary - John Lesmeister Jr.

John Lesmeister Jr, age 78, passed away at Clinton Healthcare and Rehabilitation, in Clinton, Missouri, on July 09,2022 with his family by his side.

John was born on April 18, 1944, to Bernard (Bernie) and Beulah (Kelland) Lesmeister.

In 1964 He married Sue Bradley and was blessed with two sons, JB lll (Brenda) and Michael (Kerry), three grandchildren, three step grand children and five great grandkids.

In his younger years John hauled hay with Dean Williamson and worked on the farm with Roy Kenton. After a short term in the Navy, he was employed in the parts department for Ford Motor Company here in Clinton MO. For Cotton Walker. 

After a few months at the Windsor Shoe Factory John became the assistant manager for Gerbes Super Market in Windsor Mo. Along with his good friends Dean Fockler and Wayne Hotaling who was also his partners in finding and rebuilding model A’s and model T’s and going to numerous swap meets looking for old cars and parts.

John owned and operated a Skelly service station in Calhoun Mo. When it closed in 1978 gas was .73 a gallon for gas, he also worked for Golden Valley Ford as a semi drive and delivered equipment for Woody and Tony.

In the 1980’s John acquired his private pilots license then in 1994 John became a certified flight instructor, he had several student for business owner, EMT’s, individual men and ladies even some from Whiteman AFB, along with on special student Dennis, after John retired Dennis became a certified flight instructor.

After having a stroke in 2012 which he retired from being a flight instructor, in later years he suffered with dementia/Alzheimer’s.

John had the privilege of owning alone or with partners two 150 Cessna’s two 172 Cessna’s and 180 Cessna. John loved to work on teach his boys how to restore two 1957 cars and enjoyed riding motorcycles.

John was preceded in death by the ones be called Mom (May) and Pop (Frank) Kelland from Montrose his mother (Bee) and Father (Spiv) his nick name for the band era, and a brother Gerald from Deepwater, the family has asked that memorial donation be made to Golden Valley Hospice in lieu of flowers. Memorials can be left at Consalus Funeral Home at 209 S. 2nd St. Clinton Mo.

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