Lester E. Key, age 87, of Wonder Lake, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.
He was born May 30, 1927 in Norman, Oklahoma. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Korean War. After discharge, he lived for a time in California before becoming a resident of Chicago. There he met the former Nancy Fischer, and they were married December 4, 1972 in Chicago. For the past 37 years, Lester resided in Wonder Lake.
Prior to retirement, he was an electrician at the Palmer House in Chicago for over 30 years before retiring at age 65. Lester was a 55 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
As a young man, Lester developed an interest in the field of martial arts. After extensive study under renowned champions in the field, he earned three black belts in the disciplines of Aikido, Judo, and Karate. Lester enthusiastically encouraged his own son’s interest in the field, leading to his son’s current ownership of a martial arts studio.
Other interests included fishing and following the Chicago Bears and Oklahoma Sooners football. Having grown up in Oklahoma, Lester loved to ride horses, and in his younger years, broke several horses.
Survivors include a son, Jerry (Diane) Key of Johnsburg; three grandchildren, Tyler, Thomas, and Tristan Key, and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy, on August 6, 2000; and a son, Kurt Key.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woodstock.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials in Lester’s memory to Lester’s grandson, Tristan Key, who his grandfather would have been so proud to support in Tristan’s quest to earn a spot on the USA Tae Kwon Do Juniors Team in September.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.