Lester M. Fryslie passed away Feb. 16, 2009, at Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. He was born June 13, 1926, in Scobey to Oscar and Nora Fryslie, and attended schools in Scobey and Glendive.
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After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and saw duty in the Pacific Theatre until the end of World War II, when he rejoined his family in Bozeman. He earned a degree in engineering physics at Montana State College in 1951. He was in the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and served as drum major.
After employment with large aviation companies, he was employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an electronic engineer, leading to retirement after 24 years.
Among his many skills, he was a top mechanic for automobiles and appliances, etc. He was an avid golfer; a great pianist and baritone player in school, college, and city bands and orchestras and was a music lover. He was a good Christian family man.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Helen; children, Mark Fryslie of Huston, Texas, Gayle (Michael) Hirsch, Andrea (Kenneth) Zimmerle, and Rodney Fryslie, all of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Laurie (Darrell) Washum of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren; Jessica and Kevin Hirsch, Amanda and Megan Zimmerle; brother, Harold (Alice) of Bozeman; and sister, Norma (Philip) Finch of Granada Hills, Calif.
Services were held Feb. 18 at Newcomer Funeral Home in Dayton, Ohio.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 25, 2009