Lester O. Schlender

BATTLE CREEK – Services for Lester O. Schlender, 86, of Battle Creek will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. The Rev. Luann Benge will officiate.

Burial with military rites will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery at Battle Creek.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Battle Creek and Ida Grove is in charge of arrangements.

He died April 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City.

Lester O. Schlender, son of Fredrick and Bertha (Knapp) Schlender, was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Madison, Neb. He grew up in Madison on a farm and received his education at Green Garden Parochial School.

In January 1955, Lester enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1959.

On Aug. 30, 1959, Lester married Charlotte R. Beckmann in Madison, Neb.. The couple was blessed with six children: Gary, Darla, Lorie, Shelly, Bobby and Amy. The family made their home in the Atlantic area before eventually settling in Battle Creek.

Lester was employed at Hultgren Implement in Ida Grove as a John Deere mechanic, until his retirement in 2007. He enjoyed participating in couples’ bowling league and dancing with his wife, Charlotte, in their younger years.

In later years, Lester enjoyed spending time with his family, tending his vegetable garden, feeding birds and squirrels, and watching wildlife.

Survivors include his children: Darla Rios of Schleswig, Lorie (Keith) Bennigsdorf of Storm Lake, Shelly (Dale) Schiernbeck of Ida Grove, Bobby (Anita) Schlender of Arthur and Amy (Perry) Venteicher of Holstein.

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family; and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Bertha Schlender; his wife of 58 years, Charlotte Schlender; a son, Gary Schlender; two sisters: Viola Wacker and Irene Wetjin; and a brother Victor Schlender.

Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com.