Leland Edward 'Lee' Kestler, Jr.

Leland Edward 'Lee' Kestler, Jr.

Leland Edward "Lee" Kestler Jr., 51, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, near Echo.

His graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mr. Kestler was born June 7, 1957, in Woodburn to Leland Edward and Deloris Elaine (Whitehead) Kestler Sr. He was raised in the Willamette Valley and moved to the Umatilla and Morrow counties 30 years ago. He attended Blue Mountain Community College.

He worked as a truck driver most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, camping, the mountains, and tinkering on cars and tractors.

Mr. Kestler is survived by his son, Randy Kestler of Umatilla; daughter Jessica Kestler of Stanfield; mother Deloris Kestler of Irrigon; brothers Roger Kestler of Irrigon, Bruce Kestler of Salem, Rodney Kestler of Umatilla, and Ronnie Whitehead of Apache, Okla.; sisters Sally Kestler and Tassie Pullen, both of Irrigon, and Melanie Dieter of Boardman; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leland Kestler Sr.; son Leland Kestler III ("TJ"); daughter Tessie Marie Kestler; brother Kary Dee Kestler; and sisters Melody and Kally Ray Kestler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838 to help the family with expenses.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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