Stephen A. Lester

Stephen A. Lester

July 23, 1960 – January 8, 2020


Lester, Stephen A. July 23, 1960 – January 8, 2020 Steve Lester passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in paradise.  He was visiting his sister and parents in Jamaica and awaiting Jere, his bride of 26 years, and some dear friends to come join him for a week of fun.  Always the best party planner, leave it up to Steve to try to plan a destination funeral.  Luckily, he didn’t waste much time in his life not having fun.  It was hard not to catch him with a smile on his face.  He worked at FDR/Fiserv for over 30 years and was known by his colleagues to be wicked smart.

Steve and Jere have one son, Alex.  Alex was the “big deal” in Steve’s life.  Always the doting parents, Steve and Jere spent evenings and weekends at soccer fields and hockey rinks watching Alex play, making countless friends along the way.  Steve and Alex went on an annual fishing trip to Canada, first with Alex as Steve’s little guy and later with Alex as his favorite fishing buddy.  Alex attended and graduated from Iowa State (Steve’s “alma mater”), and Steve took up a renewed interest in attending sporting events in Ames, tailgating with his Saturday Gang.  When he wasn’t cheering on the Cyclones, he was cheering for his second favorite sports team, the Chicago Cubs.

As a youngster, Steve loved playing sports including softball, volleyball, and especially tandem biking across Iowa with Team BV.  During RAGBRAI, you could always find him at the first bar on the left unless it was on the right.  He was always ready for a party, and he had the best big boy toys money could buy.

In addition to his wife and son, Steve is survived by his parents, Frank and Betty Lester; sisters, Connie (Piers) Harvey, Cathy (Kevin) Jensen, Jennifer (Paul) LaRocca.  Being Catholic he is also survived by a herd of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws.

Since Steve never met a stranger, he leaves a trail of many great friends behind as well.

VISITATION with the family will be Friday, from 5-7pm, and a CELEBRATION OF STEVE’S LIFE will be Saturday, at 2pm, both at the West Center Chapel.  Private interment at Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, NE.



  • Cindy Keffer Posted January 15, 2020 1:49 pm

    Prayers for your loss. May God be with all of Steve’s family, giving you comfort and strength. Scott and I will always feel blessed knowing Steve.

  • Chris Boatner Posted January 15, 2020 11:05 pm

    Jere, I am so very sorry for this heartache in your life. Words sound so empty. I can’t even imagine. Please know tou are loved and in our thoughts and prayers. Many hugs

  • Kathleen Snider Posted January 16, 2020 1:10 pm

    So sorry for your families loss. Keeping you all in my prayers. God Bless

  • Barb( Bobbie) Hucks Crowder Posted January 16, 2020 3:15 pm

    Betty , Frankie, and girls, families, I’m saddened to read of Steve’s passing. His obituary read much like the little boy I babysat for all those years ago. May you be blessed with the memories of loving him ❤️🙏🏼 Though unable to attend his service, we send our sincere condolences to your family.

  • Lois Knudsen Posted January 16, 2020 5:10 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jere and Kathy and all of your families. God Bless you all.🙏

  • Lynn & Julie Moore Posted January 16, 2020 8:33 pm

    Oh so many memories RAGBRAI and team BV lets spend a week on a bicycle the last week in July, do you think it will be hot? How many thousands of miles do you think we rode,
    Let’s buy a boat, many weekends on the mighty MO spending times with friends.
    So many memories.
    You will be missed Steve

  • Bonnie Weaver Posted January 17, 2020 5:59 am

    Jere, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cherish the memories. God bless.

  • Mary Kupres Posted January 17, 2020 8:05 pm

    Jere, I saw that your husband passed away. So very sorry for your loss. Many prayers to you and your family.

    Mary Kupres

  • Gordon Parry Posted January 18, 2020 9:10 am

    Jere and family, so very sorry to hear about your loss. A life well lived. May you find comfort and strength in your grief. May you also find joy in the rich memories of many wonderful times together. You will continue to be in my prayers.

  • Theresa Wagner-Anderson Posted January 18, 2020 10:53 pm

    My prayers to Jere, Alex, Jensens and all of Steve’s family. What a genuine man. Will always remember his smile.

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