Copied from the original newspaper by Researcher E. Rowley

The Goldendale Sentinel - July 26, 2007

Albert Lester Niemela

"Lester Niemela, 78, of Goldendale, died July 17, 2007.

He wa born Sept. 19, 1928, in Klickitat, to Ben and Bernice Niemela.

Les attended school in Klickitat. Later he joined the Marines. When he returned to Klickitat he went to work for J. Neils Lumber Co. where he worked for 45 years. He and his wife Phillis, raised two children in Klickitat and then moved to Goldendale.

He loved golfing and he was a longtime member of the Goldendale Golf Club and the Senior Blues golf club.

Survivors include his wife, Phillis; son, Allen of Canby; daughter, Sharla and her husband, Bud Dow of Veronia; and grandchildren Steve and Mike Dow and Cody and Casey Niemela. Also great grandchildren Trey, Drake, Kaden & Taylor Dow; brothers Benny and his wife Esther; Rodney, and Melvin and his wife Doris Niemela; sisters Louise Powers; Sharon Chandler and her husband Bob, and Carol Buckmeyer and her husband Ray; step sister Deanna Fowler and step brother John Vining. Lester was preceded in death by his parents and sister Betty Ann Kemmer.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2007, at Mt. View IOOF Cemetery in Goldendale.

A reception followed the service.

Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled arrangements."

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