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Lester Lockard

March 11, 1924 — November 13, 2018

Lester Lockard, 94 of Tipton passed away at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton. He was born on March 11, 1924 in Wolf County, Kentucky to Andy & Bertha (Graham) Lockard.

Lester attended Mount Carmel High School, Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan) and Ball State University. He served with the Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator on a B-17 bomber stationed in England. His most memorable experience was participation in Operation Chowhound – dropping food packages to the people in Holland.

Lester pastored Wesleyan churches in Marion, Lafayette and Elwood. He then began a career in education as an elementary principal in Auburn, Indiana. After two years, he started teaching sixth-grade math in Tipton.

While teaching in Tipton he met and married Barbara Harrison. They spent 47 years together. Both retired from teaching in 1988 and enjoyed 30 years of gardening, fishing and traveling.

Lester is survived by his wife Barbara and son Doug; sisters, Edith and Mildred and one brother, Doug. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hector, Orval, Jess, Londo and one sister, Maude.

A memorial service for Lester will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 at Trinity Wesleyan Church, 3021 W. State Road 28, Tipton, with Pastor Johnnie Blair presiding.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Private burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at a later date.  Young-Nichols Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Wesleyan Church or the Kemp United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 228 N. Main Street, Tipton, Indiana, 46072.

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