NAPERVILLE - Lester Tietjen, 78, of Naperville, Ill., formerly of Stockton, Ill., died Feb. 7, 2014.|
He was born March 18, 1935 in Freeport, Ill., the son of Delia and Lester Tietjen. He was a graduate of Stockton High School. He married Leona Huber on July 4, 1959 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Freeport. They were residents of Princeville, Ill.; Richmond, Calif.; Deltona, Fla. and DeKalb.
A United States Marine, Lester was employed as a salesman for Yeoman's Distributing Co. and other technical companies in California. He served as a president of the DeKalb Jaycees, a Big Brother to foster children, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Cursillo Catholic Retreats.
He will be missed by his children, Lisa (William) Diggins of Crest Hill and Patrick (Rebecca) Tietjen of Naperville; grandsons, Will and Alex Diggins, and Jacob and Benjamin Tietjen; sister, Mary Ann (Don) Merrill of Sterling; brother-in-law, Charles Franz; sisters-in-law, Marcia (Don) Sorn of Monroe, Wis., Phyllis Wahler and Richardson, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss his outgoing personality and loving heart.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Leona; sister, Helen Franz and brother-in-law, Roger Huber.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, 504 N. Walnut Ave., Freeport. A funeral Mass will said at 11a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 229 W. Washington Place, Freeport, with the Rev. Timothy Barr officiating. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Gary Sinise Foundation, supporting veterans and first responders, and would be gratefully accepted. Visit www.burketubbs.com to sign his online guestbook and to share memories.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2014