Lester Lilbern Falloon (sponsored obituary)
Lester Lilbern Falloon
Lester Lilbern Falloon, age 94, died of natural causes at home in Colfax,
California on Sunday, August 3, 2008.
Lester was born September 28, 1913 in the Township of Boone, Missouri,
to the late William and Anna Falloon of Sullivan, Missouri. Like his many
siblings (12 children in all), he began helping with the endless chores on
the family farm shortly after he could walk. He attended Crawford County
Public School and graduated in 1929.
After completing his public school education, Lester worked as a farmer
and trapper in Missouri before heading west to Colorado, and eventually
California, to meet up with some of his older brothers and pursue the many
adventures that the “Wild West” had to offer. While working in California,
he knew that something was missing and returned to Missouri to reconnect
with the love of his life, Ella Marie Farris. Lester and Marie were married
on June 5, 1937 in Bourbon, Missouri.
After he and Marie were married, Lester resumed his work on the family
farm and began attending night school to become a certified welder. On
April 23, 1939, Marie gave birth to their only child, Lawney Joe Falloon.
Denied active duty due to a previous injury (the result of a mule kick),
Lester contributed to the Country’s efforts in World War II by working in an
ammunition factory in St. Louis, and earned extra money as a certified
auctioneer. In 1947, Lester moved the family west to California, but not
before winning the Golden Gloves Boxing Championship in the State of
Once back in California, Lester worked for the Forestry Service before
achieving his Journeyman status in multiple trades as a Plumber and
Pipefitter, Boilermaker and Ironworker. Lester was an expert welder and
worked on many of the bridges, dams and industrial centers that we see
throughout the state today. He finished his career as a member of the
California Ironworkers Local #118, where he worked for 19 years prior to his
retirement in 1979.
Lester and Marie made their home together in Citrus Heights, CA for
almost 40 years. They were married for nearly 64 years and, in their final
time together on this earth, Lester dedicated himself to caring for Marie in
an awesome display of love and commitment up to the time her passing in
2001. In 2002, Lester moved to Grass Valley to spend his final years with
his son, “Joe” and, of course, launch a new set of friendships.
Lester was an incredibly engaging man with a gregarious nature; his
passion for life was evident to all who met him. He thrived on the “center
stage” and was, throughout his life, an active member of many associations
and brotherhoods, including: the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association; the BPO
Elks of the USA; the Fraternal Order of Eagles; the Free & Accepted Masons
of California – Washington Lodge #20; the Loyal Order of Moose – Auburn
Lodge #2264; and at age 89, he was made an Honorary Member of the
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club – Chapter 6 where he was affectionately (and
appropriately) given the nickname “Casanova”.
Lester loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, boxing, dancing, telling
jokes and in general, having fun. Most of all, he loved his family and
his many friends. He was a proud and loving father, and an amazing
grandfather and great-grandfather who put his loved ones above all else. He
is survived by his son and his fiancee, Lawney Joe Falloon Sr. of Grass
Valley, CA, and Toni Clines of Colfax, CA; two grandsons and their wives,
Lawney J. (Jr.) and Christina Falloon of Solvang, CA, and Lester W. and
Nicole Falloon of Wilton, CA; two granddaughters, Loree Marie Freeman of Elk
Grove, CA, and Teresa Michaelle Emmans of Antelope, CA; and six
great-grandchildren, Krysta, Chad and Brynn Falloon of Solvang, CA, Travis
and Nathan Freeman of Elk Grove, CA, and Brandon Emmans of Antelope, CA. He
is further survived by his nieces, nephews, other relatives and many
friends. In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by his
loving wife, Ella Marie; his brothers Clarence, Theodore, Eugene, Arthur,
Angus, Woodrow and William; and his sisters, Opal, Jewel, Pearl and Garnet.
Whether we knew him as “Lester”, “Lilbern”, “Dad”, “Grandpa”,
“Great-Grandpa” or “Casanova” all of us who love him so very much would
like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Toni Clines and her
children, Rachell, Crystal, Ronnie, Yvonne, Samantha and Keith. It was
through their undying care and affection in his final months, that we were
blessed to have him with us as long as we did.
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