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OBITUARY ~ RICHARD MAX "DICK" LESAN
January 27, 1930 - March 15, 2015

From Turlock Memorial Park Funeral Home web site, Turlock, California

Richard "Dick" Max Lesan was born January 27, 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa, the second child of Hugh and Cleo Lesan. He passed away March 15, 2015 at his home in Hughson, California, losing his battle with cancer.

He graduated from high school in 1948 and bought a farm in rural Kellerton, Iowa. In 1950, after farming two years, he married his high school sweetheart, Theola Greene, and the two of them farmed together having both crops and livestock.

In 1960 Dick decided to quit farming and move to a better climate in California. After studying for and getting his insurance license, the family settled in Turlock, and Dick became the only Farmers Insurance agent in town. He and Theola worked together at the insurance office as they had on the farm. Dick was a top agent and won many trips through the company. He retired in 1992 after serving his clients for thirty-two years.

His passion was traveling. The many trips were by motor home, cruises, flying, or driving by car to various destinations. He and his wife visited all 50 states and 44 countries. He also enjoyed playing a variety of card games. Many times Dick said, "I've had a good life."

Dick was active in the men's group at his church, little league baseball, and meals on wheels. He was elected to the Resident Council at Samaritan Village where he has lived for 8 years.

He and Theola were parents to four children: Phyllis (Otto) Lairson, Rick (Janet) Lesan, Randy (Kim) Lesan, and Ken (Rita) Lesan. He also has 11 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren. Family was extremely important to him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, his parents, a son, a grandson, a great-grandson, and a brother. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing is scheduled for Friday, March 27, from 3-7 pm at Turlock Memorial Park Funeral Home, 425 N Soderquist Rd, Turlock. Two Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, March 28. The first will be at Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Rd, Hughson at 11 am, with a luncheon following. The second will be at the First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Ave, Turlock at 3 pm, with a reception following.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Ave, Turlock, CA 95380 or any charity of your choice.

Note: He was also survived by brother Pete Lesan of Ringgold County, Iowa.

Submission by Ken Baker, April 01, 2015

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