Paul Lester, 93

Paul A. Lester, 93, Wabash, died at 5:01 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at his home.  He was born Aug. 26, 1921 in Delphi, to Thomas Lester and Kathryn (Smith) Lester Short.

Paul was a 1941 graduate of Somerset High School. He was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps, where he served as a B-24 nose gunner in World War II, and was the last surviving crew member. He was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1984. He attended the Wabash Friends Church. Paul enjoyed carpentry work and cooking on his grill. 

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn M. Lester, Wabash; three children, Susan (Eric) Rish, Wabash; David (Lillian) Lester, Douglasville, Ga., and Debra (Jim) Powell, Wabash; his daughter-in-law, Maureen "Mo" Lester, Wabash; three brothers, George Lester, Laurel, Miss.; Fred (Lillian) Short, North Manchester; and Ralph Short, California; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Thomas Lester; a brother, Kenny Short; and a sister, Jean Short.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating.  Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for Paul may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Dec 08