Lester G Wilcox

September 19, 1935April 4, 2019

Lester G. Wilcox, 83, of Davenport passed away on April 4, 2019.

Per his wishes cremation rights have been accorded. Graveside services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, April 11, 2019. Inurnment will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be left to the

Lester was born on September 19, 1935 in Davenport, Iowa to Harry and Esther (Miller) Wilcox. He graduated from Davenport High School. He attended the University of Iowa. He attended the War College in Washington, D.C. He was nominated and attended the Senior Executive Service Program. He retired from The Rock Island Arsenal after 41 ½ years of employment where he worked in the U.S. Army Operations Center and during Desert Storm he was Chief of the Operations Center. He was involved with the Bettendorf High School Band Parents serving as treasurer. Lester served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He traveled extensively throughout Europe while stationed in Germany. Upon returning from Germany he married the love of his life Janice Waddell on March 23, 1957 in Davenport, Iowa. He was an enthusiastic Hawkeye fan. As a boy he enjoyed riding his horses, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years; children Susan (Angelo) Almeida and Bradley Wilcox; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters .




  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lester G Wilcox

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Debbie (Kilgard) Smith

April 11, 2019

Prayers to your family for the loss of Les. I hope you find comfort in the many good memories. My Grandmother was Esther's sister Cecilia Kilgard who lived in Moline, IL. I still remember years ago when he came up to me at work (I retired from the government also) and said we were cousins. I saw him several times over the years. He worked with my brother Gary at the laundry after he retired. I used to see him at Kmart at Christmas Time. The last time I remember seeing him was at my father (Art Kilgard's) funeral in Dec 2000. His pleasant smile and friendly personality will always be missed.

Carol Long

April 11, 2019

Jan and family - Lee and I send our deepest sympathy for Les' passing. Please know you are with us in our thoughts and prayers. Les was such a good guy. He was always willing to help. He will be greatly missed. Hugs to all.

Barbara Chatellier

April 9, 2019

Dear Jan and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I do hope you can take comfort in the fact that Les is at peace and with God. He was a good man, and I always enjoyed our visits at Panera. My thoughts and prayers are with you.