BARTSON LESTER J. 91, died peacefully in Livonia, Michigan on 18 November, 2012. Son of Lester and Lucy (Anspach) Bartson, he was born in Fremont, Ohio. The family moved to Cincinnati and Toledo before settling in Detroit in the later 1930's, where Lester graduated from Central High. Like his father, Lester was a fine baseball player. He attended Lawrence Tech, was hired by the Ford Motor research laboratory at Greenfield Village, where he met Henry Ford, who took interest in his work. In 1942, he married Marceline J. DeVleeschouwer. They took their honeymoon on Lester's favorite ship, the City of Detroit III of the D&C Line and made their first home in the Pilgrim Apts. on East Jefferson Ave. Lester joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and saw combat in Borneo, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He returned to Ford in 1946, had a long career at the Rouge Plant, was a member of the American Foundrymen's Society and held an MBA. Lester is survived by his wife Marceline; his eldest son Lester J. Bartson, III and son-in-law Ed Reid of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia; his son Frank of Ann Arbor and Frank's daughters Elizabeth of Eastpoint and Marcy and her infant Jacob of California; his daughter Julia (Bartson) Antal and Julia's daughters Holly and Hilary of Livonia; his sister Doris Mae Preusser of Miami. He was predeceased by his sister Eula Louise Bartson. Lester gave his all for his family. Never was a husband so dedicated, a parent so self sacrificing, or a grandfather more tender. His beautiful piano playing will long echo down the pathways of our memory and we will aways hold him in our hearts with love and gratitude. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I will miss him dearly,he was the calm in many storms for me. My girls were very lucky to have him as a grandpa.If there is anything you need or anything I can do please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lester: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Pamela
I will always remember Les as a giving and caring man who always showed respect to anyone he came across He loved his kids and grandchildren almost to a fault god bless and god speed Les may you rest in forever peace my friend