Lester L. Freshwater

February 23, 1922 - August 1, 2020
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Lester Luther Freshwater, age 98, of New Philadelphia, passed away early Saturday, August 1, 2020, while in the care of Crossroads Hospice at Country Club Retirement Center at Dover.

Born in New Philadelphia on February 23, 1922, Lester was a son of the late James Alexander and Della May Everhart Freshwater.

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Lester Luther Freshwater, age 98, of New Philadelphia, passed away early Saturday, August 1, 2020, while in the care of Crossroads Hospice at Country Club Retirement Center at Dover.

Born in New Philadelphia on February 23, 1922, Lester was a son of the late James Alexander and Della May Everhart Freshwater.

Les was a 1940 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and was drafted into the United States Army during World War, II. He was a gunner at the Battle of the Bulge and once reflected how proud he was to return home as his ship pulled into the New York Harbor.

On April 29, 1944, Les married the love of his life the former Beverly Haswell. Together the couple raised three children and shared 70 years of marriage prior to Bev’s passing on February 13, 2015.

Professionally, Les worked as a Machine Operator for Babcock & Wilcox at Canton for 33 years prior to his retirement. He and Bev were longtime, active, members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church at New Philadelphia. Les was also a member of the Carl C. Stoller Post 1445 of the New Philadelphia VFW where he faithfully served as a member of the funeral Honor Guard for many years. Additionally, he was a member of the New Philadelphia American Legion Post 139. His biggest passion in life was being with his family and following the activities of his grandchildren.

Les is survived by his children, Karen (Tom) Parrish of Marion, Ohio, Barbara (Mark) Davis of Columbus and Lester L. (Karen) Freshwater, Jr. of Michigan; five grandchildren, Michael (Kerry) Parrish, Lesley (Kevin) Conway, Natalie (Joe) Anderson, Ben (Maria) Davis, Ian Freshwater; two step-grandchildren, Christopher (Marie) Stephens and Alexander (Maddy) Stephens and 12 great-grandchildren. Completing the family are numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to his parents and wife, Les was preceded in death by his siblings, William Freshwater, Raymond Freshwater, James Freshwater, Jr., Thad Freshwater, Ruth Shaffer, Susan Renner, Eleanor Renner, and Grace Dessecker.

The family will greet guests on Monday, August 10, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at New Philadelphia where Pastor Stephen Patrick will lead a service celebrating Lester’s life at 11 AM. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the East Avenue Cemetery.

Due to Covid 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors who do not plan to stay for the service do not linger at the church after greeting the Freshwater family.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Due to Covid 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors who do not plan to stay for the service do not linger at the church after greeting the Freshwater family.


Service Information

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020

East Avenue Cemetery

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

202 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Born: February 23, 1922
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Condolences for Lester L. Freshwater

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Joann and Pete Stewart and Family posted on 8/10/20

You have our deepest sympathy

 

Linda Bertle posted on 8/9/20

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! WE HAD SOO MANY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER!!

 

Ann Wise posted on 8/7/20

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.What a special man to so many.His kind heart and words will always be remembered.May God’s love give you strength and peace in the coming days. Love Mrs.Wise

 

Francis "Fritz" Johnson, New Philadelphia, OH posted on 8/7/20

To the family of Lester Freshwater, I don't remember why, but at church in the 60's many of the teens called him Tater. He always had a huge smile, a sunny disposition, and a kind, encouraging word for everybody. And I'm sure he's now happily at work in a flight of angels welcoming new arrivals into heaven. My condolences and prayers to you all on the passing of a Godly man.

 

Peggy Fischio posted on 8/6/20

Karen, Barb & Lester you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a very kind and wonderful man. Your family were great neighbors. Peggy Fischio & family

 

Maryann Penitz posted on 8/4/20

Rest In Peace with your beloved Bev. Your lives were an example of a life lived in love of your family and friends.

 

Linda Maletsidis posted on 8/3/20

Karen and family, I am so sorry to read about the loss of your father. My condolences are with you and your family. He was blessed to have such a wonderful family. Linda Maletsidis

 

Dorothy kaufman posted on 8/3/20

I am so sorry for your family’s loss of your father. I have not seen lLes 7since COVID came but I sure miss him ,especially in Sunday school

 

Mike Savage posted on 8/3/20

I was saddened to hear that my great uncle has gone to be with the Lord. Even though that is a cause for celebration, those of us left behind feel the sorrow. My family always made a point to go see Uncle Les and Aunt Bev when we visited New Philadelphia. Aunt Bev's spaghetti was a great treat along with the many other memories we shared with Uncle Les. I can remember riding my bike as a young boy to their house when my family lived there. He will be truly missed and my prayers are with the family at this time of mourning.

 

MR. KEVIN B. & DR. DENISE MCENROE PETITTE posted on 8/3/20

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FRESHWATER FAMILY!

 

Peggy vrettos posted on 8/3/20

So sorry to read this about Mr. Freshwater. I have always loved that family name?. Barb took us to her parents home once, I don’t remember why but they were both so friendly and welcoming. Losing your parents even at this long age is sad and this 2020 will make it especially difficult to say goodbye and enjoy seeing family and sharing good times. I think Ian is the grandson that would be on his dad’s lap as Barb was talking to her brother on phone at school! That name just came to me. Lots of laughs between our days at Blue Lions things.

 

BRENDA Beal posted on 8/2/20

Lester you were a wonderful person I will never forget you just seeing you laugh or telling jokes letting me know you are ok by saying okie doe heaven got a wonderful angel you were my bestfriend and I love you and going to miss you may God help your family get through this.....you will be missed ...but you gave me alot of good memories

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 8/2/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Lester Luther Freshwater, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Lester Luther Freshwater, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Martha Fankhauser posted on 8/1/20

Well done good and faithful servant! Thank you for being an example of honor and dignity your whole life Mr. Freshwater! So proud to have known you. To Karen, Barb, and Les send sincere regards and rest assured your Dad was very special. He leaves a wonderful legacy in all of you and your families! Martha Massarelli Fankhauser

 

Kim and Charlyn Menapace posted on 8/1/20

Dear Freshwater Family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Les. What a terrific man, so kind and caring. He and Bev were always a light at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. They sat by us at the Quaker Football games and always snuck a piece of candy to our son when he was little. Always so proud of their children and beamed while sharing a story. No doubt he is an angel in heaven aling with his lovely wife.

 

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