Wilmer Wilfred Lessard

October 20, 2009

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Wilmer Lessard

Wilmer Lessard

Wilmer Wilfred Lessard died Oct. 11, 2009. He was 85.Committal services were Oct. 20 in Mount Crest Abbey at City View Cemetery in Salem, Ore.

Dad was born April 21, 1924, in Lebanon, Ore. Throughout the early years, Dad worked at Grandpa’s butcher shop. After Pearl Harbor, our father enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which sent him to Oregon State University and Harvard.

After that, he spent the remainder of the war in the Pacific Theatre as the paymaster of the fleet and an officer in the Supply Corps. It was shortly after the war ended that he would meet the love of his life, a gal that we would soon be calling Mom — Jean Katherine Sieber.

After a very brief courtship, the two ran off to Reno, Nev., and were married for 42 loving years, during which time the two were inseparable. Dad has now been reunited with the one true love of his life, our mother.

Shortly after the two were married, our father took a job with the Veteran’s Administration for a time. After that gig ran its course, our parents moved up to Seattle and took an apartment on Queen Anne Hill. It was at this point in time Dad started his corporate career with Moore Business Forms, where he spent 30 years. Dad then took retirement to take care of Mom, as she was in declining health.

Dad was preceded in passing by his parents, W.P. and Beulah Lessard, of Woodburn, Ore., our mother Jean Katherine Lessard, of Issaquah, and a grandson, Keith W. Lessard, of Bellevue.

Dad is survived by his son William Alan Lessard and his wife Lisa, his daughter Suzanne Denise Barrett and her husband Greg — who has been great support throughout this difficult time. He is also survived by a grandson and a great-grandson.

The family suggests remembrances to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home.

Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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