Leslie L. "Les" Winters, age 88, of Highland, died at 4:25 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2011, at his residence.
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He was born on July 18, 1922, in Erie, Pa., the son of the late Emory and Ora Fisher Winters.
He married Helen Frances Kyle on June 16, 1991, in Maryville. She survives.
Along with his wife, he is survived by three sons, Phillip L. (Cathy) Winters of Maryville, Daniel B. (Rhea) Winters of Maryville and Dale L. (Kim) Winters of Collinsville; 10 step children, David H. (Maretta) Shaw of Worden, Theresa L. Penrod of Mustang, Okla., Scott K. (Cathy) Shaw of Lascassas, Tenn., Kyle J. (Yvonne) Shaw of Sunset, Texas, Sherri A. (Lane) Pender of Potosi, Mo., Helenrae Shaw of Highland, Robert S. (Nikki) Shaw of Highland; Steven A. (Yvonne) Shaw of Pocahontas, John R. (Cindy) Shaw of Pocahontas and William D. (Shelli) Shaw of Katy Texas; 13 grandchildren; 25 step grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Marge Seifried; his first wife, Joy Belle Winters, nee Koning, whom he married June 13, 1947 and died May, 1990; a grandchild and three step grandchildren.
He worked as a draftsman and in the coal business. He worked at Dolar Jarvis in Grand Rapids, Mich.; American Car in St. Louis, Mo.; and TJ Gundlock in Belleville. He later worked for ACF Coal Cars in East St. Louis, where he retired.
He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking and traveling with his wife. He also enjoyed reading to his children and grandchildren.
His memberships included Edwardsville Bible Truth Hall Assembly.
Visitation will be at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday, March 10, at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 11, at Lake View Gardens in Fairview Heights.
Interment will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.
Ini lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TIP Hospice.
Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra is in charge of arrangements.
Lake View Memorial Gardens
5000 North Illinois Street Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2011