Lester Carl “Les” Murdock of Cuba, Missouri was born on Saturday, March 24, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri to Carl Lester and Zella Florence Bonney Murdock and passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the age of 91 years, 3 months and 16 days.
Lester married Rebecca Jo Harris in Fayette, Missouri on September 2, 1950 .
After graduating from high school, Les completed several classes at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the evenings while working during the day. He was employed as an industrial engineer throughout most of his professional career. He served at the Ramsey Corporation and Brauer Brothers Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri also, Trimfoot Corp, Farmington, Missouri. The Cuba Shoe Company, Mid America Shoe Corp. and Gen Corp. all in Cuba, Missouri; lastly Mid America Shoe Corp. in Sullivan, Missouri.
Lester served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He was a member of the American Legion for 29 years.
When Lester and his family relocated to Cuba, Missouri from Florissant, Missouri in 1966, he became a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Cuba, Missouri serving in various positions. The Crawford County School Board had him as a member from 1968-1975. He was President for five of these years. During his tenure, the Cuba elementary school building was added.
Lester was a member of the City Council for 14 years and served on the pool and airport committees. For 13 of those years, he was an alderman from Ward III including being President for five of those years. He was Cuba Mayor from 1989-1990. He was instrumental in helping to obtain a grant to develop Cuba’s Industrial Park. In 2012 he was recognized for Distinguished Service by the State of Missouri’s Emergency Management Agency for his 30 years of service to the City of Cuba in the area of emergency preparedness. Other organizations, committees and boards he served were Committee for 911 in Crawford County (Co-chairman), Senior Center (past president), Senior Center Assistance Program (Chairman), Meramec Regional County Commission, Meramec Region Emergency Planning Committee, Crawford County Fair Board, Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, Ozark Solid Waste Committee, Crawford County Extension Council, Historical Society, and Route 66 Association. He also was Cuba Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2004.
Lester enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the children at Christmas time and his lifelong hobby of photography.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Zalla Murdock; wife of almost 56 years, Rebecca Jo Harris Murdock on August 8, 2006; brother, Kenneth Ray Murdock; sisters-in-law, Betty Delph Murdock and Catherine Harris Werner; son-in-law, Kindall Moore; and brother-in-law, Ray Werner.
He is survived by his children, Deborah Kay Summerskill and husband Wally of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Cynthia Louise Reeves of Kingwood, Texas and Michael Lester Murdock and wife Jacquie of Rolla, Missouri; grandchildren, Christy (Josh) Honey of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, John (Malinda) Sawyer of Kingwood, Texas, Nikki Wilson and Anna (Chris) Vitzthum all of Rolla, Missouri; 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, Missouri with Rev. Spencer Hutson and Pastor Jim Moore officiating.
Burial was at the Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri with full military honors.
allbearers are Marvin Good, Art Hughes, Buddy Hughes, Jim Lee, Russ New, Ken Sego and Glen Tutterrow.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, Missouri.