Lester Allen Honse

1940 - 2020

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October 5, 1940 – August 30, 2020 This is the story of Lester Allen Honse, Jr. Lester was an amazing man that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Lester was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, cousin, uncle, friend and animal lover with a heart for giving and a love for Christ. Lester's story began on October 5, 1940, born at home to May (Walker) and Lester Honse Sr in Jenera, Ohio. He spent his childhood surrounded by his six siblings. He was a quiet young man, but a hard worker with a strong drive to succeed. Lester was renowned for his quick wit, contagious smile and strong work ethic. After working all day he came home to complete chores on the farm and repair cars in the barn. He instilled a strong work ethic and integrity in all his children. He had a heart for animals and often brought home abandoned animals to join the family. He never hesitated to help others. Lester met his wife Sally (Schwab) at Kresege's where they worked in high school. They married on September 20, 1959. They spent 61 wonderful years together and were blessed with 5 children, John Lester, Cindy Lee, Mary Elizabeth (Rick) Hilliard, Nancy Kay Dublin, and Andrew Allen (Kelly) Bluffton. Lester loved fishing, watching the Reds and Buckeyes and playing with his seven grandchildren. He enjoyed nature and camping. He never met a dog he didn't like and his two schnauzers brought him endless joy. While raising their children, Lester and his wife spent several years as youth ministry leaders at Mt Cory United Methodist Church. In his later years, he was a member of Jenera United Methodist Church where he served on the board and volunteered many hours maintaining the building and clearing sidewalks. He spoke fondly of friends that became family from both congregations. Lester retired from Ohio Bell where we worked as a splicing technician. He enjoyed the challenge of his work and the continued learning opportunities. He was a proud member of the union and encouraged others to support unions. After retiring from his career, he became a jack of all trades working as a car salesman, maintenance man at Hancock County Courthouse and maintenance at Sam's Club. He discovered the joy of cooking and became a master of preparing breakfast foods, especially blueberry pancakes. A family cookout was not complete without potato salad in his mind, and he enjoyed a healthy sweet tooth. His love for his family was reflected in the time he spent with them and the traditions he shared. Christmas was his favorite holiday. The weekend of Thanksgiving was spent in search of the biggest tree that would fit in the house and also the start of non-stop Christmas music. He decorated the house and yard. He loved poinsettias. Lester left this world in his home surrounded by his family on August 30, 2020. Loved ones that greeted Lester in heaven include his daughter Cindy Honse, his son John Honse and his granddaughter Amelia Honse as well as 5 of his siblings. A celebration of life memorial is scheduled on Sunday, September 13 from 12pm to 4 pm at the Community Building 18800 OH-698 Jenera, Ohio. Please bring memories to share, smiles to give and your favorite dessert recipe or Christmas tradition to inspire others and honor Lester's memory. Donations can be made in Lester's name to the Hancock County Humane Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, FINDLAY. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.

Service Information

  • Celebration of Life:

    Sunday, September 13th 2020 - 12:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Community Building-Jenera Village Park [Map]
    18800 OH 698
    Jenera, Ohio 45841

  • Final Resting Place:


  • Contributions:

    Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County
    4550 Fostoria Ave.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Sally and Family
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Barbara Marquart
Sorry to read of Lester's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

To : Sally Mary Nancy Andy and families
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Brenda Reiter Harris
I was saddened to read of the passing of Lester. I remember well his smile and how he liked to tease. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️🙏

To : Nancy
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Michelle Cecil
Sweet friend, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you all!!! I’m very sorry about your Dad. Please know that I’m here for you- ANY time you want to talk/ need a friend! Love you much,

To : Nancy
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Michelle Cecil
Sweet friend, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you all!!! I’m very sorry about your Dad. Please know that I’m here for you- ANY time you want to talk/ need a friend! Love you much,

To : Sally Honse
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Diane PrussingJane Conley
Hi Sally,
Jane called and let me know about Lester's passing. We wish you the Lord's many blessings in the upcoming days. And for your children.
Lester certainly was a wonderful person and accomplished much in his life. j

To : Sally Mary Nancy and Andrew
Date :Wednesday, September 9th 2020
From : Bob Reiter
I remember Lesters humor and he was always a joy to be around, as well as the rest or your family. Condolences to you and all of your family.

To : Lester Honse sally and family
Date :Saturday, September 12th 2020
From : Ron and Roi Ann Daniels
Sorry to hear of Lester passing. Our prayer go out to Sally and family. I always enjoy being around Lester in school and throughout our lives. May God grant all of you his peace. Ron and Roi Ann