The Obit For Lester Humphreys

Lester C. Humphreys

The Clinton Herald
Friday, November 25, 2011

CLINTON — Lester C. Humphreys, 77, of Clinton, died Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Crestridge Nursing Home, Maquoketa.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Rob Schneeberger, Larry Meggenberg, Jerry Wiebers, Bernie, Roger and Gary Adkins. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to the service time at the church. The Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Lester Calvin Humphreys was born on October 4, 1934, in Buena Vista, Virginia, the son of Robert and Pauline (Campbell) Humphreys.

In 1952 he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played professional baseball for 2 years, first in Batavia, New York then in Clinton. After leaving baseball on June 10, 1955, he married the love of his life, Ilean Ryner. They were happily married for 55 years until her passing on August 1, 2010. He was employed at Clinton Corn Processing/ADM until retiring in 1996.

His spare time was spent playing softball, umpiring high school baseball and refereeing high school basketball, attending every possible event involving his children or grandchildren, or traveling with his wife and his brother-in-law and wife, Gail and Diana Ryner. Never losing the love of the game of baseball he and Ilean would often be seen taking in games at Riverview Stadium. He served on the Clinton Baseball Board of directors for many years.

He is survived by three daughters, Lynn (Eric) Johnson of Davenport, Iowa; Lorene Chevrier of Aiken, South Carolina, and Lisa (Mike) Heusinkveld of Clinton, Iowa; 6 grandchildren: Adam, Aaron, Meredith, Aubrey, Ethan and Hannah; one brother, Robert (Kay) Humphreys of Tampa, Florida, and his brother-in-law, Gail (Diana) Ryner of Clinton, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers and one sister.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.