Lester John Ammann, 92, of Highland, died at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2008, at Highland Health Care Center in Highland.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Thursday, both at the funeral home. Memorials: Evangelical United Church of Christ or Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Mr. Ammann was born on Feb. 21, 1916, in Highland, the son of Henry William and Ella Koch Ammann. He married Laverna Lydia Wiese on Aug. 7, 1937.
He was born in Highland, and he lived with his aunt, Louisa Haberer for five years after his mother died when he was 4 years old. He then lived with Oscar and Mattie Ammann on their farm in Millersburg. He started work at Wicks Organ Co., then became a carpenter in 1943, retiring in 1981. He worked for the planing mill in Edwardsville, and for Korte Construction, building Southern Illinois University buildings and the Evangelical United Church of Christ. He volunteered in rebuilding the square in Highland, and was recognized by the Jaycees on Sept. 18, 1977, for his work on the square. He enjoyed making furniture, decks, porches and other items for his children. He enjoyed dancing in Germantown and Highland, and he and his wife played bingo in the area.
He is survived by his wife; son, Dennis L. Ammann and his wife Karen of Ballwin, Mo.; daughter, Diane K. Chappel of Vandalia; grandchildren, Julie E. and her husband Patrick Gribbon of Wildwood, Mo., Jennifer M. and her husband Stephen Berry of Chesterfield, Mo., Susan J. and her husband Christopher DePaul of Wildwood, Mo., Christopher J. Chappel of Collinsville, Sara L. Ammann of Clayton, W. Ryan Chappel of Collinsville, Melissa D. Chappel of Naperville and Megan K. Chappel of Vandalia; great-grandchildren, Kyle P. Gribbon, Sophie M. Berry, Jack S. Berry, William D. Gribbon and Ethan C. DePaul; half sister, Gail Kaufman of Victorville, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Fay Ammann of Selah, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pearl Wick; half brother, Charles Ammann; and brothers-in-law, Cornelius Wick and Orville Kaufman.