Lester E. Inman, age 83, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away at 2:22 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois. Lester was born on December 24, 1935 in Baring, Missouri and is the son of Edward and Mabel Meline Inman. He was raised in Baring and attended local school and graduated from Baring High School in 1953. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his Country during the Korean War. Lester married Bonnie Jean Parrish on December 23, 1956 in Kirksville, Missouri and she is surviving him. After service, Lester attended GEM City Business College in Quincy, Illinois and was trained to be a bookkeeper. Lester worked for Interstate Producers Livestock Association as a hog buyer and lived and worked in Elvaston, Illinois, Stronghurst, Illinois, and Ormonde as a hog buyer. He lastly was employed as a truck driver at the Monmouth Stone Company and retired in 1996. He is a lifetime member of Fairview Center United Methodist Church and was very active with his church and family. He loved fishing, camping, going to Blue Grass Festivals, playing cards and dancing with his friends. Lester always went to breakfast with men friends, and enjoyed listening to country music and watching old Westerns. While in service, Lester hosted the D. J. hour on the Airforce base and did the same here for the local radio station in Monmouth. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Monmouth, IL; two daughters, Victoria (David) Reid of Carthage, IL and Sandra (Edwin) Folkerts of Basco, IL.; two sons, Larry E. Inman and Nancy of Monmouth, IL., and Rick E. Inman and Siana in Brussels, Belgium. There are 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and three nieces are also surviving. He is preceded in his death by his parents, one brother, and his nephew.
A funeral service is planned on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Fairview United Methodist Church near Monmouth. His family plans visitation at the church from 9:00 to 10:00am prior to the service. Interment and military honors will be in the Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established for the Fairview Center United Methodist Church.