Kenneth Lesikar
1939 - 2020
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Kenneth Coltrin Lesikar, age 81, of Laurel, MD was once a very funny man, but is now dead serious. Ken died of complications from Lewy Body Dementia on October 27, 2020 at Brightview Senior Living Center. His killer puns were ultimately the death of him. Born on April 15, 1939 in Fullerton, California, the son of George and Beulah Lesikar. He graduated from Valencia High School in 1957 and pursued his college education at Occidental College, San Francisco Seminary, Fullerton State College and Chapman College. He was married to Ruthellen Hellyer from 1962 to 1976, netting himself 5 bundles of joy. He later married Nancy Flanagan and remained married until her death in February 2020. He is survived by his five children: Ciaran Lesikar (Sandy), Ian Lesikar (Julia), Heidi Liggins (Phillip), Heather Lesikar (Patrick Herman), Scott Lesikar (Kristy Stigers); 12 grandchildren; Jordan, Austin, Brook, Christopher, Brycen, Jonathon, Marissa, Kyle, Joshua, Carrine, Patrick, and Elijah; and his siblings Dianna Olson, Dave Lesikar, Fred Lesikar, and Katherine Crawford. He served as a Pastor in Florence Arizona for a Presbyterian church and prison. In 1972, he moved to Maryland and taught elementary school in Prince Georges County. Throughout his 40 years of teaching, he taught grades Kindergarten to 12th grade, moving from elementary education, to middle school science and finally retiring teaching high school Math. He loved making ? and to make extra dough, also would teach summer school, take handyman jobs, sell Amway, and even sold real estate. He enjoyed Star Trek, science, science fiction, math, writing, painting, and history. He loved to travel with Nancy and enjoyed discovering St. Patrick's Day celebrations world-wide. He relished time with family and friends on holidays such as Halloween and Christmas and was well-known for his pie baking and pun making. If you found some of the puns in this memorial less than amusing, that's ok, Ken was always about quantity over quality! A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, which were on Ken's Bouquet list, contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 (

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Nov. 21, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Worked with Ken at High Point. What a joy he was to be around!
Abbey Sondak
November 21, 2020
Such a good person. He will be missed so much.
Laurie and Rich Bascue
November 21, 2020
I was extremely fortunate to be Ken's "baby sister", or seeester, as he would say it! He was a constant in my life as a loving, supportive and funny big brother.
Ken and Ruthellen both volunteered as sponsors for my church youth group when I was in high school. I'm sure he was appalled when people asked if he was my father!
I remember that for years we played a "game" where he challenged me to put my hand on my leg and then move my hand before he could slap it. Sadly, it was many years before I realized that I lost that game no matter what, as either my leg or hand was always slapped (not in a painful way)!
He was unfailingly a joker, but always in a positive manner.
Thanks so much for all the TLC, Ken. I will always miss you!
Kathryn Crawford
November 21, 2020
I am stunned and saddened to read this. And as always, amused! It was my joy & privilege to work teaching Geometry with Ken at High Point HS. When the Angels won the word series, he managed to create a real Newspaper headline that read “ Angles Win” I give thanks I knew him.
Betsy Welsh
Betsy Welsh
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