Lester, Robert Charles (RC.) [an error occurred while processing this directive]
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Drumright Gusher
Drumright, Creek County, Oklahoma
July 28, 2005, pg 2

Robert Charles (RC.) Lester died July 24, 2005, surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Creek County, Lester was born June 3, 1922 to Roy and Elizabeth (Bath) Lester of Bristow. He was a graduate of Bristow High School, attended Bristow Junior College and was awarded B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Education from Oklahoma A8: M College, new OSU.

Lester served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, landing troops in Italy, Corsica and Southern France. As the war ended he was serving in Pearl Harbor as the Harbor Control Officer.

He married Vivian June Hendrickson of Bristow in July 1947 and began his career in education as the math teacher at Bristow Junior High School. He next served as principal then superintendent [of] Oilton for 17 years. He returned to Bristow as the Junior High principal and retired in 1980. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1972.

In addition to his service in the education arena, RC. was actively involved in oil and gas exploration, real estate transactions. farming and ranching, community and civic affairs.

Lester was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1990 representing the people of District No. 29 from 1991-1992. He was a member and Chairman of the Creek County Election Board for 12 years and served as a member of the Creek County Board of Health for 25 years. He served in numerous leadership positions in the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Creek County Retired Educators.

Following his marriage to JoAnn Gray in 1983, he enjoyed his expanding roles as husband, father, grandfather, gardener, politician and traveler'. He especially enjoyed their trip with friends to Hawaii in 2002.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn, of the home; daughter June Chubbuck and husband Gary, Moore: son F rank Lester and wife Donna, Broken Arrow; grandchildren Lauren Lester Allison and husband Joshua, Tulsa, John Robert Chubbuck, Moore, and Emily Lester, Broken Arrow; sisters Imogene Jackson, Stroud, and Rosabelle Heatherly, Jackson, Tenn.; and brother Earl Lester, Drumright. His extended family includes Reggy Royce Gray,II, Randy Joe Gray and Karen Gray Fletcher, all of Oklahoma City, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by grandson Travis Chubbuck in 2002.

Grave Side services will be Thursday, July 28, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bristow City Cemetery. A memorial service in celebration of R.C.'s life will follow at 10:30am at the Bristow First United Methodist Church, East 7th and Chestnut.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be to the Bristow First United Methodist Church.




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