Lester Rhodes Obituary

Lester L. Rhodes
Lester L. Rhodes
Lester L. Rhodes

February 19, 1919 - June 12, 2007
Born in Clay County, IA
Resided in Grimes, IA
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Lester L. Rhodes, 88, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 of congestive heart failure at his home in Grimes. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 15, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Sunnyhill cemetery in Grimes.

Lester was born in Clay County on February 19, 1919. The son of William and Ethel (Legere) Rhodes, Lester was a graduate of Spencer High School and Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and also with the National Guard as an Army Officer and Aviator. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

Lester and Luetta Norland were united in marriage on December 9, 1949 in Mankato, MN.

Les retired in 1984 from the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board where he served as Executive Director. He had been Director of Public Relations for Iowa State Dairy Association and Assistant of Field Services for Farm Bureau. He was an active member of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, Grimes Lions Club, Retired Officers Association, American Legion and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

He is survived by his wife Luetta, daughters Diana Maland of Mankato, MN, Christine (Gary) Knoll of Earlham, IA, Leslee (John) Madison of Johnston, IA, Rebecca (Brian) Boyea of Cadott, WI, 12 grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren, brothers Arthur, Duane and Jay, sisters Eleanor Warren, Dorothy Rogers, Norma Warnock, Marjorie Sanders and Carol Maze. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Darrell and grandson Andrew Stein.

Visitation will be held on Thursday June 14, 2007 at Iles Funeral Homes/Westover Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, Northwest YMCA Building Fund or the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, June 14, 2007
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 - 66th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Friday, June 15, 2007
10:30 AM
Sunny Hill Cemetery
SE Jacob Street and SE 6th Street
Grimes, IA US 50111
Friday, June 15, 2007


Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 66th Street
Windsor Heights, IA US 50322