Lester Hilgefort

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NEWPORT — Lester J. Hilgefort, age 80, formerly of Canal Street, Newport, passed away early Saturday morning, Feb. 21, 2015, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Fort Loramie, Ohio, to the late William and Rosa (Poeppelman) Hilgefort. On May 11, 1957, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Newport, Les married Joyce (Goffena) Hilgefort and she survives.

Also surviving are three children, Bruce Hilgefort, of Sidney, Connie and Dale Schrader, of Versailles, and Russell and Tami Hilgefort, of Englewood; eight grandchildren, Brian Hilgefort, Tamara and husband, T.J. Turner, and Alex Hilgefort, Julie and husband, Kevin Whitmer, Kate and Daniel Schrader, and Michael and Kristina Hilgefort; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Hilgefort, Leah Schrader and Ella Whitmer; five siblings, Cletus Hilgefort, of Versailles, Edna and Eugene Ahlers, of St. Marys, Vernon and Marge Hilgefort, of Fort Loramie, Eileen Ahlers, of Fort Loramie, Phyllis and Lester Sherman, of Minster; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances Gariety, of Piqua, Joan May, of Florida, Paul Brandewie, of Sidney, and Marge Frances, of Florida.

He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Brian Hilgefort; a grandson, Allen Hilgefort; brothers-in-law, Paul Ahlers and Richard Francis; sisters-in-law, Audry Hilgefort and Rosie Brandewie.

Mr. Hilgefort served in the U.S. Army near the end of the Korean War. A 1952 graduate of Fort Loramie High School, Les retired in 1994 from Piqua Wheel Alignment & Body Shop in Piqua where he had been owner and operator. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Fort Loramie American Legion Post 355 and Walkup Country Club. In his day, Les had been an avid bowler. He participated in several bowling leagues over the years. He also enjoyed dancing, softball and RV travel.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at the church cemetery with military honor's provided by the American Legion.

Friends may call Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday, March 2, 2015, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie American Legion or charity of donor's choice.

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