Lester Duane Scruby was born to George Washington Scruby and Magdelina Dietz on January 11, 1933 at the Scruby homestead south of Kirk. He was the youngest of 3 children-brother Glen and sister Evelyn. He attended the country school east of Kirk and then graduated from Kirk High School.
He was stationed in Chaffee Arkansas and also Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1953-1955 where he worked as a wheel vehicle mechanic in the Army. He took his military service very seriously and was exceptionally proud of serving. He kept in touch with a lot of his army buddies through visits, calls, and letters.
He met and married the love of his life, Myrna Marie Finley on January 31, 1954. They celebrated 63 years of marriage in 2017.
Leaving the army and retuning to Colorado he worked in Denver as a carpenter and electrician before heading back to Kirk. There they welcomed three children, Vince, Becky and Sherry.
Together they farmed, raised cattle and award-winning hogs. They enjoyed gardening together and sharing their bounty with neighbors and friends.
He served on the Stratton Equity Co-op Board of Director for years, always enjoying the memorable trips they took with friends.
Selling the farm and moving to Kirk he took more time to work on his woodworking and carpentry skills. He kept busy doing local jobs including helping to remodel all 3 of his kids’ homes. He also built patio chairs, benches and planters for local craft fairs.
He found himself back farming with his son-in-law. After 10 years he once again retired and began raising Boston Terrier dogs. He also started his crop consulting business which he continued until he was 86 years old. As it he wasn’t busy enough he bough L and M Disposal and owned it for more than 20 years.
Lester was a member of the Kirk United Methodist Church and later he attended Cope Community Church. He thought the world of Pastor Terry and his church family.
One trip to Alaska and he was hooked. 5 or 6 trips later he still loved Alaska and fishing the Kenai.
Nothing made him happier than a house full of his grandkids and great grandkids. He looked forward to Christmas when he could host his annual Cajun boil with his table filled with family.
He is survived by his son Vince and daughter Becky, husband Rodney, daughter Sherry and husband Garold. Grandsons Wade Scruby and wife Danille, (great grandson Wyatt) Jake and wife Sarah, (great grandchildren Olivia and Vinny, Mike and wife Joan (great granddaughters Sydney and Madison) Mason (great grandchildren Cooper, Bex, Cambria, and Oaklie) Granddaughter Mickie and husband Darcy (great grandchildren Owen and Keiley), Brother-in-law Jack Finley and wife Pearl.
He is proceeded in death by parents George and Lena Scruby, wife Myrna, daughter in law Julie Scruby, Brother Glen, sister Evelyn and great granddaughter Esther Seaman, great grandson Thomas Seaman, great granddaughter Vea Seaman.
Being a strong believer and Christian man, Lester was ready to go home and be with Myrna, but he will be greatly missed by family, friends, and his faithful dog Molly. Dad you were always our hero.
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