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Byron Lester

Passed away on May 13, 2019

George Byron Lester Jr. of Flagler Beach FL, formerly of Buffalo IL passed away after a long illness on May 13, 2019 in Ormond Beach, FL. Born in Springfield IL on August 22, 1948 a son of George Byron Lester Sr., and Mary Eileen Mohan Lester, Byron lived in Buffalo for over 60 years and was active on the volunteer fire department and volunteer police department for many years. He was a graduate of Tri-City High School in Buffalo IL, and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. After pursuing a teaching career for 5 years in Auburn IL, Bryon decided that a law enforcement career was more suited for him. He joined the Sangamon County Sheriff Department and retired as a Sergeant after 20 years of service. During this time, Byron began working as a substitute rural mail carrier for the Buffalo Post Office. When the previous carrier retired, he continued full time and worked for a total of 25 years before retiring. Byron was very proud of his family history and the contributions they made for 5 generations in the Village of Buffalo. Byron is survived by his wife Nancy (Prior) Lester of Flagler Beach. He was also the proud Dad to Jennifer Gouin and her husband JJ of Sherman IL, Michael Lester of Dallas TX, Angela Creasy and her husband Carey of Ormond Beach FL, Erica Lester of Keystone Heights FL and Jonathan Lester and his husband Kevin Cates of Boston MA. He was also very proud of his amazing grandchildren, Hunter Gouin, Kaitlyn, Kole and Kelsey Hannant and Savannah Bilyeu. Byron is also survived by his wonderful siblings, Joseph Lester of Buffalo, IL, Kathi Lester of Buffalo IL, Ellen McCormick and her husband David of Tampa FL and Amy Smith and her husband Frank Smith of Pontiac MI, his Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim Lester of Metropolis IL, brother in law Denis Prior of Grand Rapids MI and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Byron was cremated and a private service will be held in Mechanicsburg IL Cemetery at a later date. For online condolences go to www.craigflaglerpalms.com “Online Obituaries” Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, Flagler Beach FL.


  • Private Inurnment in Mechanicsburg IL Cemetery


Byron Lester

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Kelsey Maddox-Bell

May 23, 2019

Dear Nancy and Family,

I received the notice of Byron's death today from my sister who mailed it to me. It has been over fifty years since we have seen each other and I am so very sorry that it has taken Byron's death to reconnect us. Please know how sad I am to hear this news. So many memories of childhood and the teens years revlove around our shared friendship. All of my memories of those years are of good times and laughter. Little did we know how our lives would unfold. Know that I have you all in my thoughts, heart and consciousness at this time of loss and grief. Nancy, I send you my sincere love. Kelsey

Lori Downing

May 20, 2019

Nancy and Family,
We were sorry to read Byron had passed away. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Lori & Mike Downing
Mechanicsburg, IL

Corry Blose "Allen"

May 20, 2019

So sorry for your loss, the entire Lester family has been long time neighbors and friends to our family in Buffalo. Our deepest sympathies go out to all.

The Allen Family

Bob Rusciolelli

May 19, 2019

Rest in peace Byron and thanks for the memories!

George Schultz

May 19, 2019

Byron was truly a friend that everyone likes to have. For everyone that knew Byron you realize how fortunate you are that you knew an honorable, genuine, and steadfast remarkable man. My prayers and condolences to all of his family for his sad passing.
Byron....rest in peace my friend. You have earned life’s diploma and graduated to Heaven.

Paul Cutright

May 19, 2019

Bryon was our neighbor in Plantation Oaks, Flagler Beach, FL.
Only met him a few times, but he always talked about his
family – his wife (Nancy), kids and grandkids. He was very proud
of them and always talked about what they were doing.
He was a very mentally strong person even with his medical
condition – always positive and a great sense of humor. We talked
a lot about his life and jobs that he had (especially at the Post Office).
We had a couple of beers (Yuengling of course).
Good guy. I liked him !!

Our sincere condolences to Nancy and your family
upon the passing of Bryon.

Your neighbor,
Paul A. Cutright

Gary Stone

May 17, 2019

Seeing Byron's obit this morning was truly sad. I had heard he was sick but had no idea how bad he apparently was. I worked with him at SCSO for almost 20 years and can honestly say he had a great sense of humor and was one of the most ethical and considerate people I ever knew. He didn't just advise his subordinates how to be professional, he demonstarted it...everyday. He made a very positive impact on his co-workers and friends. We were very fortunate to have him among us, and I was absolutely privileged to know him personally.

May the memories of brighter days shine through these dark hours and may his convictions give comfort in knowing he is at eternal rest. He will be missed.