Lester E. Willhite, of Sullivan, Missouri was born on Tuesday, August 30, 1932 in Dillard, Missouri to William Arthur and Ila Emaline (nee Turnbough) Willhite and passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 23 days.
Lester graduated from Cherryville High School in 1951.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in June of 1952 where he worked as an aircraft mechanic. Lester served honorably for 20 years, serving in the Vietnam War and the Pueblo Incident in Korea in 1968. He retired in August 1972.
Lester married Hazel Fern Parrett on July 7, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri.
He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior in his teens and was baptized when he was 29. Lester was an active member of the Cabool Christian Church in Cabool, Missouri where he served as a deacon and an elder. He taught Sunday school and worked with the youth. Lester most recently attended Sullivan Christian Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors. He had the opportunity to hunt wild sheep in Hawaii, deer in Michigan and Montana and to fish in Canada.
Lester was a member of the VFW in Sullivan, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ila Willhite; parents-in-law, Herman and Golden Parrett; son David Willhite; sister, Elsie (Wilbur) Sheets; brothers, Lodis (Pearl) Willhite, Loran Willhite, Lowell (Virginia) Willhite, Louis (Mariam) Willhite, and Lindell Willhite; brothers-in-law, Warren (Argie) Parrett, Delmar (Mildred) Parrett, and Ray Parrett; and sister-in-law, Helen (Norman) Webb.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Fern Willhite of Sullivan, Missouri; daughter, Nancy (James) Bennett of Bridgeton, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Nellie Willhite of Davisville, Missouri, Jean Willhite of Bridgeton, Missouri and Bonnie (Paul) Bennett of Springfield, Missouri; granddaughter ,Victoria Bennett (fiancé John Terris); great grandson, Leonidas “Leo” Littlefield; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Misosuri with Brother Rodney Farthing officiating.
Burial was at the Old Dillard Cemetery in Dillard, Missouri with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.