Leslie L. Custer age 86, peacefully passed away August 4, 2021, surrounded by family who he loved and cherished. Les was a veteran that served 33 years and rose through the ranks. Les will most be remembered for his faithfulness to the Lord, generous care and devotion to his family. He was a man of morals, values, and integrity.
Les was born July 11, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, MO. to Leslie Edward and Leila Custer. He lost his father early in life his mother, Leila, and his maternal grandparents, Lawrence, and Alice Womack, primarily raised him. Les enjoyed basketball and unsurprisingly with his 6'5 stature gained favor as the center of his High School team in Fredericktown, Mo. He received a basketball scholarship from the University of Missouri and earned his degree in Business. During summers, Les hitchhiked his way to Yellowstone Park to work as a fishing guide where he acquired many life-long friends. In Yellowstone, Les met the love of his life, Gerri Galles. Les and Gerri married on August 8, 1959, spent 47 years together.
Gerri was Les' council, and greatest advocate throughout his life. Their marriage and family were built on strong values, selfless devotion, and the Christian faith. Gerri precedes Les in death. He is survived by his three children; Tracy Custer-Cervantes, Brad Custer, and Blake Custer, their spouses Joe Cervantes, Luz Custer, and Denise Custer, his seven grandchildren; Katelynn Custer Farlow, husband Nick Farlow, Kendall Custer Potesta, husband Justin Potesta, Caleigh Cervantes, Cody Custer, Megan Custer, Cole Cervantes, Luke Custer and great grandson, Ford Farlow.
Les was a decorated war veteran that was stationed in Korea, Vietnam, and Europe. His military career began at the University, where he was a cadet in the ROTC. Upon graduation in 1958, he was commissioned into the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He led with humility and distinction, demanding excellence, and emphasizing the importance of individual responsibility within a unified team focused on accomplishing the mission. This spirit of leadership propelled him into several command positions, including Capt. of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery — known as the "Dusters"—in the Vietnam War. He also served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Battalion, 55th Air Defense Artillery in Ft. Bliss, TX. These were his most enjoyable assignments, and he was deeply committed to the development of the men under his command. He believed that soldiers who are respected, kept informed and genuinely cared for by their commanders can and will accomplish any stated mission. A summary of Les' military service, honors and education which include the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star, can be viewed @ https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/san-antonio-tx/leslie-custer-10295608
Upon his retirement Les continued his interests in spending time with family, traveling to Yellowstone reunions and volunteering at the VA. He volunteered and remained active at CBC. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His life's mission was to love and support his family, friends, fellow soldiers, and his faith.
A memorial service will be, Sept. 24th at 9:30 a.m. at Sunset Funeral Home. (1701 Austin Hwy S.A., TX 78218). Following will be an Honorary Military service at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. (1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, S.A., TX 78209).
The family would like to thank Wendy, Kellie and Ashton as well as the support staff from Kendall House in Boerne for their love and support of our dad.