In Remembrance: Ted Allen Lester (M.Div. 1969 / D.Min. 1986)

04-30-2012 by

Emily McGinley

The Rev. Dr. Ted Allen Lester, 68, of Valparaiso, formerly of Kansas, passed away suddenly Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born February 8, 1944 in Evansville, IN to Furman and Florice (Peyton) Lester. Ted received a B.A. from Hanover College in 1966, Master of Divinity from McCormick Divinity School in 1969, Doctor of Ministry from McCormick School of Divinity in 1986, and his Psychology Doctorate from Graduate Theological Foundation in 2001. He had served as a Presbyterian minister since 1969 which included churches in Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, Indianapolis, IN, Albuquerque, NM, Junction City, KS, Valparaiso, IN and South Bend, IN.

Since 1999, he also served as a Pastoral Psychotherapist with Counseling Ministries in Valparaiso and Chicago. Ted will be remembered by many in the communities he had served as an activist for social justice, advocating for those without a voice. Survivors include his wife, Carolynn, whom he married on August 9, 1969 in New Hampshire; daughters: Sarahlynn Lester (Paul Boal) of St. Louis, MO, Jessica (Ivan) Hay of Kalamazoo, MI, and Grace Lester (Benjamin Jett) of Louisville, KY; brother, Harry N. (Sarah) Lester of Hot Springs Village, AR; and grandchildren: Eleanor, Adelaide, and Theodore Lester- Boal, Arria, Evelyn, and Clara Hay, and Lilith and Samuel Jett. Ted was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, William Lester.

Following cremation, a memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 Washington St., Valparaiso with The Rev. Dr. Frank Vardeman and The Rev. Dr. John J. Santoro officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church World Service or Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.