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Richard J. Lester Jr.

Richard James Lester Jr., 65, Martinsville, formerly of English, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at his home.
Born May 16, 1954, in Martinsville, he was the son of the late Richard Lester Sr. and Ressie Britt Lester.
He was a five-year veteran of the Marine Corps, a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a former Crawford County police officer and English and Marengo town marshal for 19 years and owner of the former English Skating Rink.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Richalyn Wright and Luke and William Lester.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Deborah Thomson; five children, Donavan Keith, Nicole Mercer and T.J., Julius and Palo Lester; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Sunday, July 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Denbo Funeral Home in English and Monday, July 15, after 9 a.m. at the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints near Marengo.
Funeral: Monday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at the church with burial, including military rites, in the Taswell Cemetery.

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