James, Dr. Lester H., 88, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Born in Girard, KS, Oct. 10, 1926, he was the son of Tom and Rosa James. After graduating high school in Arcadia, he served two years during World War II as a combat infantryman in France and Germany with the 143rd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army's 36th "Texas" Division. Before departing for the European theater, he married Helen M. Kellogg of Pittsburg, KS. After the War, he studied medicine at the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery and graduated in 1953. In 1955 he moved to Wichita and opened his office for family practice and surgery. He was one of the original 16 physicians who provided major financial support to the Wichita Osteopathic Hospital when it was originally built on Wichita's west side. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother Thomas James. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Sink (Vaughn) of Wichita, and son, Steven James (Kay) of Wichita; granddaughters, Jennifer Goza (Russ) of Wichita, and Tiffany McKinsey (Troy) of Wichita, grandsons Garrett and Cooper James both of Wichita, and his devoted cat, Sam. Memorials have been established with Kansas Humane Society and Friends of Felines, Wichita (fofks.org
). Services 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at Resthaven Mortuary.