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Lester Gene Amelunke

July 8, 1939 ~ July 30, 2021 (age 82)

Obituary

Lester Gene Amelunke, 82, of Jackson passed away Friday, July 30, 2021, at Jackson Manor with family by his side.

He was born July 8, 1939, in Jackson, son of Edwin and Esther Sievers Amelunke.  He and Doris Schneider were married September 27,1958 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

Lester was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church; he was baptized, confirmed, and united in marriage at St. Paul. In addition, he attended St. Paul Lutheran School, was a member of the St. Paul’s Men’s Club, and made sure coffee was ready before Sunday Bible Study Class started for several years.

He attended Jackson High School. It was in high school that he met the love of his life, Doris. He enlisted in the National Guard where he proudly served from 1957 to 1962.

Lester was no stranger to work. He was raised on the family farm west of Jackson, where he learned about hard work was. He continued to help his father on the family farm part-time with working the ground for planting, baling hay, and raising cattle all while working full time at Strickert’s Standard Service Station, raising a family, and teaching his children the benefits and integrity of hard work. It was not unusual for Lester, Doris and the kids to work in the evenings or weekends trimming trees or mowing grass; it was a “Team Amelunke” job done well.  Beverly shared that there was not any watching cartoons on Saturday mornings at their house, because there was work to be done.

In 2004, Lester deservingly retired after 46 years of service from Strickert’s Standard Service Station in Jackson. He and Doris enjoyed their time together on the farm with their family mostly close by until his health began to fail him.

Loving survivors include his wife of 62 years, to their union eight children were born, six daughters, Mary (Mike) Beeson, Beth (Larry) Baker, Beverly (Chuck) Schweain, Charlene (Johnnie) James, Charlotte Amelunke, all of Jackson, and Carol (Randy) Kaiser, of Jefferson City, two sons, Larry Amelunke of Patoka, In. and Richard Amelunke of Jackson, twenty-two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, two sisters, Rachel (Michael) Divincenzo of Desoto and Debra McDonald of Millersville, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a child, a grandchild, a great-grandchild, two sisters, and a brother.

Visitation will be Monday, August 2, 2021, from 9 am until service time at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

Funeral service will follow at 11 am, at the church, with the Rev. Jason Shaw officiating.  

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, or to St. Paul Lutheran Radio Broadcast.

An invitation is extended to family and friends to attend the service to celebrate and honor Lester. However, the family has requested that everyone is to wear a mask, and practice social distancing, and reframe from hugging or handshaking for the safety of all in attendance.

Lester had been a resident of Jackson Manor since 2017. His family is grateful and would like to give a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and technicians at Jackson Manor and Southeast Hospice who provided such diligent and kind care to him; along with those who came to visit, called, or made window visits. Special thanks to the pastors who called on him, especially Pastor Eric Longman for the wedding renewal vows with his family present. Thank you to all who gave him gospel t-shirts to spread God’s word.

To send an online condolence to the family, visit McCombs Funeral Home website at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com; then click on the TRIBUTE WALL tab of Lester’s personal obituary.

Traditional gifts, cards and contributions may be sent to the family at McCombs Funeral Home, Inc. c/o Lester Amelunke, 640 West Independence Street, Jackson, Mo 63755.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lester Gene Amelunke, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Monday
August 2, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Jackson, MO
223 E. Adams
Jackson, MO 63755

Funeral Service
Monday
August 2, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Jackson, MO
223 E. Adams
Jackson, MO 63755

Burial
Monday
August 2, 2021

12:00 PM
Russell Heights Cemetery
435 S. Farmington
Jackson, MO 63755

Please note
Visitation will be Monday, August 2, 2021, from 9 am until service time at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. Funeral service will follow at 11 am, at the church, with the Rev. Jason Shaw officiating. Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Donations

St. Paul Lutheran Church - Jackson, MO
223 W. Adams, Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-243-2236
Email: office@stpauljackson.com
Web: http://www.stpauljackson.com

St. Paul Lutheran School - Jackson, MO
216 S. Russell St., Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-243-5360
Web: https://www.stpauljackson.com/

St. Paul Radio Broadcast - Jackson, MO
223 W. Adams St., Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-243-2236
Email: office@stpauljackson.com
Web: http://stpauljackson.com

office@stpauljackson.com

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