Lester Rymond, 91, of the Greenwood section of Moosic, died Friday morning at Golden Living Center - Summit in Wilkes-Barre. He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet Gill Rymond. Wed on March 14, 1944, the couple celebrated 70 years of marriage together.
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Born in Upper Black Eddy on July 18, 1922, son of the late John H. and Agnes Lutz Rymond, Lester was an Army sergeant of World War II, serving with the 3279th Ordnance Base Depot Company, attached to the 609th Ordnance Base Armament Maintenance Battalion in Tidworth, England, and later attached to the 251st Ordnance Company Service Battalion in Roeuix, Belgium. He was awarded with the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Bronze Star for his loyal service to his country. A proud veteran, he was a longtime member of the American Legion. A part-time police officer for the Moosic Police Department for many years, he retired from the Trane Co. in Dunmore. Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Scranton.
He enjoyed Scrabble, and was an avid card player. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Lester will be dearly missed.
He is also survived by two daughters, Janet Van Luvender and husband, James, Moosic; and Michelle Canick and husband, Thomas, Rockville, Md.; three sons, Keith Rymond, Kentwood, Mich.; Brian Rymond and wife, Rosemary, Lexington, Kent.; and Richard Rymond and wife, Mary, Canton, Mich.; and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Mathew, Katie and Kylah Rymond, Heather Carnathan and husband, Shawn; Nicole Van Luvender and Paul Canick.
He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Sarah, John William, Anna Leona and Fredy; and two stepbrothers, Alfred and Gilbert.
His family would like to extended its deepest gratitude to the entire staff of Golden Living Center for the care taken of Lester throughout his stay with them.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin Thursday at 8:30 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton. Interment with full military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap Cemetery in Annville.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street
Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on June 24, 2014