Feb. 2, 1936-Oct. 3, 2017

James E. Lester, 81, was born on Feb. 2, 1936 in Butte, Montana to Joseph and Margie Farry Lester. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and Boys Central High School, graduating in 1954. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman.

He was employed by F & S Berkeley Pit, Butte Community Gas Station, Gulf Oil Gas Station and Carroll College. Jim passed away suddenly on Oct. 3, 2017 at his home with family members. He is survived by sons, Mark, Scott, Dean and Keith, and daughter, Colleen (Keith) Widhalm, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

He is survived by brother, William Lester, Silver Star; sister-in-law, Betty (Jensen) Lester, Silver Star; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay and Ted Fasso, Grand Lake, Colorado, Nancy and Pat Maloughney, Butte, and Susie and Tom Molitor, Portland, Oregon. Jim is the fifth of nine Lester children, and uncle and grand-uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and has numerous cousins.

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Celebration of Jim’s life will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Tuesday, Oct. 17. Visitation is at 10 a.m.; Mass is at 11 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements by Axelson Alternative Cremation.

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