Lester Raymond LeRoss  ‎(I2656)‎
Given Names: Lester Raymond
Surname: LeRoss

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Birth: 8 February 1917 Bryant, Clark county, South Dakota
Death: 22 September 2002 ‎(Age 85)‎ Union Gap, Yakima county, Washington
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Birth 8 February 1917 Bryant, Clark county, South Dakota
Address:

Bryant, SD
USA


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Baptism 6 April 1917 ‎(Age 57 days)‎ Bryant Scandinavian Lutheran Church


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Confirmation Bryant Scandinavian Lutheran Church


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Marriage Esther Edna Eichler - 1 June 1941 ‎(Age 24)‎ Yakima, Yakima county, Washington
Address:

Yakima, WA
USA

Death 22 September 2002 ‎(Age 85)‎ Union Gap, Yakima county, Washington
Address:

Union Gap, WA
USA

Burial 27 September 2002 ‎(5 days after death)‎ Terrace Heights Memorial Park, Yakima, Yakima county, Washington
Address:

Yakima, WA
USA


Source: Les LeRoss

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Parents Family  (F1196)
John M. "Johnnie" LeRoss
1891 - 1972
Mabel Amanda Carlson
1892 - 1986
Leona Eldora LeRoss
1919 - 1985
Reuben Orville LeRoss
1926 - 1994
Lester Raymond LeRoss
1917 - 2002
Nyler Eugene LeRoss
1922 - 2001

Step-Parent Family  (F1351)
John M. "Johnnie" LeRoss
1891 - 1972
Katie Marie Fox
1888 - 1982
Violet Loueen Mynatt
1916 - 1987

Immediate Family  (F1107)
Esther Edna Eichler
1923 - 1967
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LESTER R. LEROSS
I was born February 8, 1917 in Clark County, South Dakota at my maternal grandparents’ home. My maternal grandparents were Andrew and Julia Carlson. They open land farmed raising small grain, hogs and a few cattle.
My parents were Mabel and Johnnie Leraas. My parents were both born in Lincoln County, South Dakota. My mother had a fourth grade education. She could speak Norwegian and English. When I was a small child my father changed our name from Leraas to LeRoss. I do not know the reason for the change. ‎(Lois LeRoss, widow of Lester LeRoss’ Brother, Nyler says the name was changed because Johnnie Leraas’ older sister, Ananda, married a man who was also named John Leraas and Johnnie felt that the whole situation was getting confusing.)‎ My parents worked as farm laborers. My mother cooked and my father did field labor. My parents were divorced when I was eleven years old. My parents had four children - Eldora, Nyler ‎(spelled Nailer on his Birth Certificate)‎, Rueben, and myself. After my parents divorced I lived most of the time with my grandma and grandpa Carlson.

I attended a one room school that was about 1 1/2 miles straight north of my grandparents’ farm. There were 8 grades at McClane School. I was not the best student in the world but I did complete the 8th grade at McClane School and I did start high school, however, I did not attend regularly. I could go to school during the winter months but when spring came I had to help work in the fields.

My mother remarried Helmer Ohman when I was about 14 years old. Helmer was a widower with four children - Carl, Elsie, George and Ann. Helmer had a rough time for a while. His wife passed away during child birth in the spring. That fall his oldest son Carl had an attack of appendicitis and because he didn't get adequate medical care quickly enough, he died in the fall of that same year. Mabel and Helmer had two children - Marlowe and Norma. Norma was born after I left South Dakota.

There wasn't much time for play, but as a youngster, I had .fun shooting jack rabbits. We could get a little money for the pelts. We also shot ground squirrels. Pheasants were plentiful at that time so we enjoyed hunting pheasants year around.

Some time after my mother remarried I went to live with her and my stepfather. I helped my stepfather farm for about 2 years. He also raised small grain, hogs and cattle on about a half section of land. We had a Farmall tractor but no thrashing machine.

As a young person it always seemed that times were pretty lean. By the time I was in my late teens the country was in the grip of the depression and the Midwest was suffering from severe draught. The economy in the area where I lived was in very bad shape. A young person could find work but, there was no money to pay you for your work. Feeling like there was no future for me in South Dakota, a friend of mine, Delbert Nordquist, and I decided we would hitch hike west. We really didn't have any particular destination. We would just go till we ran out of money; we each had $2.00. No one would give us a ride ‎(Dad said that there was a lot more hiking than hitching!)‎ so we got on a freight train in Sesston, South Dakota. We never did bum anything. We heard there was a knifing on the train which didn't set very good with us at all. I doubt that either one of us would have started this trip by ourselves but neither one of us wanted to give up. We took turns sleeping. When the trains stopped in towns we would buy cookies and crackers. Our money was almost gone when we reached Toppenish, WA. We bought some bananas and our money was gone.
The next day we found a job picking cherries ‎(this was a horrible job for someone, who bad never worked in an orchard)‎. At the end of our day of cherry picking, we had more money than we left South Dakota with. It was a rainy June and the cherries split so that was the end of our cherry picking. We next tried our hand at apple thinning. We didn't care much for thinning but we did It anyway.
We were staying in a cabin in Buena. Once harvest was in full swing we were able to get work picking. We also stacked hay. The last job we had that fall was picking corn near Toppenish for Halvorsons. We didn't manage our money too well so as soon as harvest was over we ran out of money. I got a job in at a farm milking cows. This lasted for about a month. I put an application and at the labor office and didn't even get out the door and I was hired to do general farm work by Tim Cleman. ‎(I had become friends with Jack Rice, whose dad had a farm next to the Cleman's)‎. This job last a couple of years. I got tired of this job.

Again I went to the farm labor office. William Eichler had put in an application for a farm laborer. Jack Rice took me to the Eichler farm and I was hired. I live with the Eichler family. Pay for this type of work was $1.50 to 2 dollars per day. Esther, my wife to be, was one of William and Mary Eichler's 12 children. In winter time Jack Rice and I would go to the dances in Wapato and Toppenish. I had met Esther at a dance prior to going to work for her father. After working on the farm for about a year, I went to work hauling garbage for Eichler and Son. At this time I was boarding with Frieda Eichler Brunhaver. George Borgens was also boarding there. It was during this time that I married Esther. On June 1st 1941, we were married at the Central Lutheran Church which was then located on sixth Avenue in Yakima. I got the chickenpox about a week before our wedding and was really sick. I lost about 20 pounds as a result of the illness. Esther and I made our first home in an apartment across the street from Lawrence and Alma's Markwood's grocery and store in the Harris apartments. The Harris' is made our wedding pictures.

In 1943 I bought into the garbage business. My routes were on the west side of Yakima. Esther and I had two children, Sharon Lustre and Lester Melvin. On August 8, 1967, after her second heart surgery in two years, Esther passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, OR.

The garbage business was sold in 1973. At that time I owned a small orchard consisting of pears and apples so I raised fruit and worked part time for my son-in-law, Don Russell. From 1971 until the present the Russell family and I have lived together on the home place in Terrace Heights.

I’m retired now at age 67, in good health and getting along fine.

Lester R. LeRoss
11/24/1984

9/18/2002
A quick update on my dad. He did not respond to treatment as rapidly as we hoped and remains in Providence Hospital. We expect him to be released tomorrow, but because he requires 24 hours per day "one-on-one" nursing coverage, he will not initially return to his assisted living residence ‎(The Chandler House)‎. Rather, he will be in a nursing home were he can receive the more intensive health care he needs. When he get stronger, he can then return to the Chandler House. His pneumonia has not worsened, but he continues to experience fluctuations in his blood gas numbers. His situation is concerning and he continues to need your thoughts and prayers.

Keep Your Smile Smiling .. . Les :) . . . #217

9/22/2002
On Saturday, September, 14, our Dad was admitted to the hospital with acute respiratory failure caused by pneumonia. He struggled mightily over that weekend showing only marginal improvement. On Thursday of last he moved from the hospital to a nursing home. Thursday was a very bad day and his situation appeared grim. Surprisingly, he showed significant improvement on Saturday and we were hopeful for recovery. Today, however, his condition worsened and he passed away this evening at about 7:30.

In spite of his very serious condition, his passing was a shock to us since when we left him at 6:30 to grab dinner, he was not in nearly as much distress as he had experienced Thursday and Friday. We morn his loss.

We will let you know about funeral arrangements early next week.

Buck & Connie , Sharon & Don

9/23/2002 - Obituary
Lester Raymond LeRoss, 85, died Sunday September 22, 2002 at the Parkside Nursing Care Center in Union Gap Washington. Born in Bryant, SD on February 8, 1917 to John And Mabel LeRoss, Lester attended a one room country school in South Dakota grades 1 through 8. He then attended high school for about 1 ½ years before having to begin working full time on a farm. When he reached the age of nineteen, hard times and drought in the Midwest made finding work almost impossible so he and a friend decided to ride the freight trains west in hopes of finding better opportunities. They ran out of money at Toppenish, WA; so that was where they stayed. He did farm work around Toppenish and Wapato until 1940 when he was given an opportunity to work for Eichler and Son, hauling garbage. On June 1, 1941 he married Esther Eichler in Yakima, and in 1943 he bought into the garbage business which ultimately became Eichler Disposal. Lester and Esther had a full and productive life together until 1967 when she died from complications following heart surgery. Hunting, fishing, boating and camping were just some of the family activities they enjoyed together.

The garbage business was sold in 1973 at which time he farmed a small orchard that he owned and worked part time for his son-in-law, Don Russell of Russell Crane Service. From 1971 until shortly before his death he lived with his daughter and son-in-law on the home place in Terrace Heights.

Lester was an active member of Terrace Heights Lutheran Church dating back to 1955. He served on the Church council on several occasions actively supported the work of the church.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Esther, two brothers, Nyler and Rueben LeRoss and two sisters, Eldora Jackson and Elsie Sanders. He is survived by two brothers, Marlowe Ohman of Sioux City, IA, George Ohman of Watertown, SD, two sisters, Norma Wahl of Clark, SD, and Ann Sandbakken of Wilmot, SD, two children, Lester M. LeRoss of Seattle and Sharon Russell of Yakima, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Terrace Heights Lutheran Church, 410 N 37th ST, Yakima 98901

Internment will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Terrace Heights Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, Terrace Heights Lutheran Church, 410 N 37th ST, Yakima WA 98901

Lester M. LeRoss

9/23/2002

Memorial arrangements for our Dad are set.

Viewing and visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26th at Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors, 201 N Second ST, Yakima. The funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 27, 2002 at Terrace Heights Lutheran Church, 410 N 37th, Yakima.

Following internment at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, a buffet luncheon will be served back at the church.

In lieu of flowers we are requesting that donations be made to the Terrace Heights Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Buck And Sharon


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Family with Parents
Father
John M. "Johnnie" LeRoss ‎(I1453)‎
Birth 3 April 1891 Beresford, Lincoln county, South Dakota
Death 22 July 1972 ‎(Age 81)‎ Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara county, USA
14 months
Mother
 
Mabel Amanda Carlson ‎(I2668)‎
Birth 17 June 1892 Beresford, Lincoln county, South Dakota
Death 6 March 1986 ‎(Age 93)‎ Clark County, South Dakota

Marriage: 13 April 1916
3 years
#1
Sister
Leona Eldora LeRoss ‎(I2589)‎
Birth 1 January 1919 Bryant, Clark county, South Dakota
Death April 1985 ‎(Age 66)‎ Eugene, Lane county, Oregon
7 years
#2
Brother
Reuben Orville LeRoss ‎(I2590)‎
Birth 11 March 1926
Death 4 December 1994 ‎(Age 68)‎ Sioux Falls, Minnehaha county, South Dakota
-9 years
#3
Lester Raymond LeRoss ‎(I2656)‎
Birth 8 February 1917 Bryant, Clark county, South Dakota
Death 22 September 2002 ‎(Age 85)‎ Union Gap, Yakima county, Washington
6 years
#4
Brother
Nyler Eugene LeRoss ‎(I2829)‎
Birth 22 August 1922 Clark County, South Dakota
Death 4 August 2001 ‎(Age 78)‎ Sioux Falls, Minnehaha county, South Dakota
Father's Family with Katie Marie Fox
Father
John M. "Johnnie" LeRoss ‎(I1453)‎
Birth 3 April 1891 Beresford, Lincoln county, South Dakota
Death 22 July 1972 ‎(Age 81)‎ Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara county, USA
-2 years
Step-Mother
 
Katie Marie Fox ‎(I2789)‎
Birth 31 October 1888
Death 23 November 1982 ‎(Age 94)‎ Ventura, Ventura county, California

Marriage: 14 May 1934 -- Canton, Lincoln county, South Dakota
-18 years
#1
Half-Sister
Violet Loueen Mynatt ‎(I4295)‎
Birth 25 September 1916 South Dakota
Death 13 May 1987 ‎(Age 70)‎ Oxnard, Ventura county, California
Family with Esther Edna Eichler
Lester Raymond LeRoss ‎(I2656)‎
Birth 8 February 1917 Bryant, Clark county, South Dakota
Death 22 September 2002 ‎(Age 85)‎ Union Gap, Yakima county, Washington
6 years
Wife
 
Esther Edna Eichler ‎(I2749)‎
Birth 20 March 1923 Toppenish, Yakima county, Washington
Death 8 August 1967 ‎(Age 44)‎ Portland, Multnomah county, Oregon

Marriage: 1 June 1941 -- Yakima, Yakima county, Washington
#1
Daughter
#2
Son