Lester D. Pinckard

Lester D. Pinckard

January 8, 1936 ~ October 4, 2019

Lester Duane Pinckard died Friday, October 4, 2019 at his home in Crawford.  He was 83 years of age.

     Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Paonia.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford.

     Lester was born in Ramah, CO on January 8, 1936 to Robert and Echo V. Pinckard.  He spent his youth in Crawford with some time in California and near Cody, Wyoming.  Lester worked on ranches and various construction jobs until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1954.  He served in Korea and in operation involving freeing oil workers from Pakistan.  He was honorably discharged in 1961.

   Lester married Georgia English on February 15, 1956.  They were married for over 50 years.

     Lester held many jobs over the years including:  ranch hand, farrier, logging, dressing stones in Marble, semi-driver-helping haul the large transmission lines for the huge silver frame-towers from Cimmaron to Hayden.  Les spent the rest of his working life at Clark and Bear Coal Mine in Somerset retiring in 1991.

     He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Paonia Ward.

     He is survived by his daughter, Rose Marie Nute of Junction City, OR; son, Loyd Duane (Rhonda) Pinckard of Paonia; sister, Ester (Jerry) Burnett of Olathe; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

     Les was preceded in death by his parents; wife Georgia; brother, Lee; sisters:  Joyce Kuntz Stevens and Ruth Gates; and daughter Lea Dawn Sickles.

    Memorial contributions can be made to Crawford Library, 545 CO-92, Crawford, Colorado 81415.

     Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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