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Warren L. "Pete" Lesmeister Jr.


1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Warren L. "Pete" Lesmeister Jr. Obituary
Warren L. "Pete" Lesmeister, Jr.

Memphis, TN

Dr. Warren L. "Pete" Lesmeister, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 30, 2017. Born to Cheryl and Warren Lesmeister, Sr. on December 3, 1938, he grew up in Marked Tree, Arkansas. Warren attended Arkansas State University on a band scholarship, playing the trombone. He also participated in ROTC and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

He then came to Memphis to enter the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, graduating in 1963 with honors. Returning to Memphis after serving in the U. S. Army Dental Corps, he practiced dentistry for 45 years until his retirement in 2009. He always considered the care of his patients to be his greatest achievement.

During his career, Dr. Lesmeister was active in many professional organizations: Vice President of the Memphis Dental Society, President of the Memphis Dental Legion, the first National President of the Academy of General Dentistry from region 6 (TN, KY, WV, Mo), TN Dental Association, American Dental Association, Federation Dentaire International, New York Society of Physiology and Occlusion, Fellow in the International Society of Craniotomy-Mandibular Orthopedics, TN Academy of General Dentistry's Dentist of the Year, TN Political Action Committee and Editor of the TN D-PAC newsletter, Staff member of Baptist, Methodist and St. Francis Hospitals. He was listed in the 1995-96 edition of Who's Who in Dentistry in the United States.

Dr. Lesmeister was the dental supply coordinator in establishing a Dental Clinic in Haiti. For 10 years he served on the Board of the Memphis Union Mission.

Dr. Lesmeister served in several high level positions in the U. S. Army Dental Corps as an active reservist, during which time he was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit. After 34 years of outstanding service, he retired as a Colonel and received the Legion of Merit.

He leaves his beloved wife of 49 years, the former Carol Lynn Cooper. They loved their church, the fellowship of friends and traveling the world together.

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 5:11

The family will receive friends at 10:00am Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Collierville Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 11:00am. Following the Memorial Service there will be a time of fellowship with a reception.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to: Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville or the Memphis Union Mission.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 2, 2017
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