Lester L. Folmer
Bishop Funeral Home
November 7, 2014
Submitted by: Carol Spear Rice
Lester L. Folmer, 87, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in McAlester after a brief illness. The family will receive visitors on Monday, November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11 at the McAlester Northside Assembly of God with Pastor Brian Smith and Bro. Rich McAnally officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery in McAlester. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service. Born on November 10, 1926 in Wetumka, he was the son of the late James Alvis and Fannie Amanda Folmer. The Folmer family resided in Wetumka and then Weleetka where Lester spent his school years, graduating from Weleetka High School in 1943. After graduation, Lester worked with the Frisco railroad until he joined the U.S. Army in 1944. He served as a Sergeant in Japan during WWII, where he had the responsibility of overseeing the postwar rebuilding of the railway systems in Tokyo. After the war, he returned home to Weleetka where he met Edna Lou Burton whom he married in Okemah on August 14, 1948. They recently celebrated 66 years of marriage, joined in a memorable gathering at home with their four grown children. Lester continued his lifelong career with the railway system working with the Frisco RR from 1945 until 1959. In 1959, he transferred to the Rock Island RR, where he held the positions of Track Inspector, Roadmaster, and General Roadmaster. Part of this time, 1961 to 1968, was spent in El Reno. Lester went on to work for the Kansas City Southern Railroad in Heavener, then moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where he retired in 1992 in the position of Division Engineer of Track. He was active in church activities throughout his lifetime, faithfully worshipping in the many locations where God and the railroad took him and his family. He served in leadership positions in many of the churches he attended, always looking forward to each week of worship and fellowship with friends and other church members. Lester was known and respected by all as a dedicated Christian husband and family man. He is survived by his wife: Edna Folmer of McAlester; daughter: Debra Folmer of McAlester; son: Dwayne Folmer and wife, Erika of Corvallis, Montana; daughter: Karen Mitchell and husband, Robert of Beggs; and son: David Folmer of McAlester. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers: Carroll Folmer of LaQuinta, California, Robert Folmer of Brennan, Georgia, and Michael Folmer of London, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Rose; and 3 brothers: Charles Folmer, James Folmer, and Francis Folmer.
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