LESTER HENRY BICKNESE, 84 FREEPORT - Lester Henry Bicknese, 84, of Freeport, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Stephenson Nursing Center. Lester was born January 17, 1930, in Elgin, Illinois, the son of Fred and Frieda Bicknese. Lester lived in Hampshire, where he farmed, drove a truck and worked at Hampshire Milk Factory. Lester also worked at Burren Transfer of Elgin. In 1976, he moved to Freeport, IL to manage a Plumbing Wholesale business. He was in partnership with Larry Viehmeier at Plumbers Supply for 15 years. Upon retiring, he moved to Manitowish Water, WI, where he loved living in the north woods. There he was a caretaker of a private lodge for 14 years. In 2010, he returned to live in Freeport. Lester married Nancy G. White on September 1, 1951. He is survived by his wife and two children, Kay (Dennis) Koerner of Lake Carroll, IL, Kim (Michele) Bicknese of Genoa, IL; five grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Phyllis) Bicknese of Genoa, IL; half-sister, Anneta Griever of Montgomery, IL. Also surviving are many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred "Fritz" Bicknese and Donald (Mike) Bicknese; and one sister, Lucille Friend. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict form 1951-1953. Lester was a Christian man, loving father and brother and friend. He belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampshire, Trinity Lutheran of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, and Immanuel Lutheran of Freeport. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran in Freeport. Pastor Richard "Ros" Schultz and Pastor Dr. Willis Schwichtenberg will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at Immanuel Lutheran. Burial will be in Hampshire Center Cemetery at 3 p.m. Thursday. A fellowship will be held at Hampshire Township Cemetery Building. In lieu of flowers, there is a memorial has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church. Please sign the guestbook at www.burketubbs.com.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from June 4 to June 5, 2014