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James R. "Jim" LESLEY


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James R. "Jim" LESLEY Obituary
June 10, 1939 - June 7, 2015 On the evening of June 7, 2015, while surrounded by his family, Jim Lesley passed away after a short battle with cancer. Born on June 10, 1939, in Peru, IN, Jim was raised in Fairborn, OH. Jim moved to So. California when he was in his early 20's where he met and married his beloved wife, Stephanie (Sager), in December 1967. During the mid to late 1960's, Jim pursued his passion as a flat track motorcycle racer (#41F). Jim and Stephanie went on to start a family and shortly thereafter, Jim retired from racing. Jim continued to stay involved in the local racing scene hardening and cutting tires for many of the racers until eventually starting work as a bottler at Anheuser-Busch in 1982. Jim and Stephanie were married for 38 years until the time of Stephanie's passing in 2005. Jim also retired in 2005 from Anheuser-Busch, Los Angeles Brewery and the Teamsters Union Local 896 after 23 years of service to enjoy time with his family and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Stephanie, brother Larry (Judy), and parents Reginald & Dorothy (Landers) Lesley. Jim is survived by his sister Joan Lesley, his son Adam (Samantha) two grandsons Joshua and Jarod, his daughter Nicole "Corky", his son Michael (Stepheni) and daughter Melinda "Missy" (Joshawa). There will be a celebration of life at the family home in Lake Balboa, Calif. on June 27, 2015 at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of Jim Lesley to the Trailblazers c/o Motorcycle Industry Council, 2 Jenner St. Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 20 to June 21, 2015
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