Ofc. Kenneth Reid Lester
1957 - 2020
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Ofc. Kenneth Reid Lester

Richmond - Ofc. Kenneth Reid Lester, age 62, of Richmond, Indiana, died unexpectedly Monday, February 10, 2020, at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born March 19, 1957, in New Castle, Indiana, to State Trooper Donald Reid and Marjory Elizabeth Jackson Lester, Kenny lived in Richmond most of his life. He was a 1976 graduate of Richmond High School. Kenny worked for the Centerville Police Department prior to attending the Indiana Police Academy. After graduating from the academy, he joined the Richmond Police Department in 1980. Kenny was a K-9 officer with his partner, Cheri. He proudly served until he was disabled in the line of duty in 1995. While serving, Kenny received several accommodations and awards. He was a member of the John W. Henniger Lodge #63 F.O.P., Inc. in Richmond and Hodgin Road Christian Church. Kenny enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, airplanes, motorcycles, and shooting sports.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Polly Jane Kaiser Lester; son, Andrew Reid (Stephanie Toschlog) Lester of New Paris, Ohio; daughter, Kendra Lynn (Mark Smith) Lester of Richmond; sisters, Susan (Mike) Cougill and Donita Lester, both of Richmond; uncle, Bob Leonard of Florida; nephews and nieces, including John Jones and Angie Wilson, both of Richmond; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for Ofc. Kenneth Reid Lester will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Richmond Police Department, Chaplain Tom Canon officiating. Entombment will be in the Earlham Memorial Mausoleum at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Richmond Police Department, K-9 Fund, 50 North 5th Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Palladium-Item from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2020.
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March 16, 2020
Polly I'm sorry to see this here, I just seen it. I can remember Kenny coming down to J's to see you. He was always very to me when I was that little small town farm boy... Again I'm so sorry for your loss here, I know how hard you guys have had it over the years, but now he at pace.

Bryan Henry
Bryan Henry
February 19, 2020
Jaime Mathews-Frye
February 19, 2020
Sorry for your loss Polly prayers to you & your family
Jaime Mathews-Frye
February 14, 2020
I will never forget him riding with me on patrol after he would get done with his shift. All the times I spent at his house and him being such a gentle person, sometimes not knowing his own strength. I thought a lot of him. Such a great person gone too soon.

Ron Carter
February 14, 2020
My dad was Kenny's friend and Captain at the department. Kenny was a BIG man with a soft heart. He and dad were very good friends. I stopped by RPD to talk to dad - he was standing next to the cigarette and coffee machines. Kenny had just finished working out back by the squad room when he snuck up behind me, lifted me up over his head, and when I told him to drop me, HE DID! Kenny dropped me on the hard title floor. I was annoyed and looked to CAPTAIN Larry Maples for backup, and he said, "you told him to drop you" lol. Kenny proudly served my dad as Honor guard at my dad's funeral. You are a good guy Kenny, so long and see you later.
Steven Maples
February 13, 2020
Tom Porfidio
February 12, 2020
Sorry for this. Kenny was a good guy. Always laughing and smiling back in the day. Worked with him in the late 70s.
Bruce Campbell
February 11, 2020
May God comfort you and your family during this
time of your loss.

Your friends,
Ralph and Darlene Callahan
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