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“To Claire and the rest of the family. You have had so much to bear! I am praying for you as you go through this time. Love, Marilyn ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn Barber - Des Moines, IA

“Lived around the corner from your dad on francis ...he lived on lincolin...just down from mike huston which is my cousin.......very sorry for your...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: John Shung - Pleasantville, IA

“Les and I were childhood friends. We went sledding together as well as fishing. Losing a good friend after knowing him for 55+ years is so sad as...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Mike Huston - Springfield, MO

“I don't know to begin with all the happy memories at Les & Martha's home growing up with Bobbie Jo! Suddenly becoming ill at bedtime and Les & Martha...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Brenda Comer - Tingley, IA

“Bobbie our hearts and prayers are with you we are thinking of you ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Bogan - Mt. Ayr, IA

“I'm sure Les is free of pain - he had a long hard battle and now he can be free. Our deepest sympathy to all of his family. Marilyn and Theron ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn Johnson - Delphos, IA

“I met Les when he was about 15 years old, and we sort of grew up together in Des Moines. He was a very handsome, athletic, and sometimes rebellious...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Kathleen S. Bock - Waukee, IA

“Growing up in Delphos and having Les as a neighbor and friend is a time and place I think of often. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Tom Hartman - Altoona, IA

“We have lost such a Great Guy!!!! Lester was a great 1/2 Brother and Brother-in-law to us!!! We only got to know him a short time and got to share...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Frank & Lindsay Grismore - Purdin, MO

“Dad we miss and love you. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Joana Putvain - grant city, MO


Lester Clyde Troster was born April 13, 1946 and passed away at Clearview Nursing Home, under the care of Hospice of Central Iowa, on July 26, 2008 after a 5 year battle with cancer. Dad graduated from Tech High School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1965. A son, Steven, was born to a first marriage in 1966. In 1969, Dad joined the United States Navy and served during the Viet Nam war. In 1970 he married Martha Elizabeth Skala Kiene and became a stepdad to her three children: Joana, Jeff and Laurie. After his discharge from the Navy in 1973, the family left San Diego and made a home in Delphos, Iowa, where he would live until his death. A daughter, Bobbie Jo, was born into the family during this year. Over the years, Dad worked for Hanifen Body & Paint and Gibbs-Cook Equip., Des Moines, Iowa; Country Boys Lumber, Ringgold County and Calhoun Concrete, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; and Dexter R.V. in Winterset and Corning, Iowa. An avid hunter and fisherman, most of Dad's free time and almost all weekends and family vacations centered around camping somewhere! He dreamed of owning a "back forty", building a log-cabin and living off the land! "Papa" to 15 grand/great-grandchildren and "Uncle Les" to several nieces and nephews, he loved having the little ones around, watching them play, giggle and grow! He also loved playing tricks on anyone and everyone! He had a temper known to all who knew him, but he also had a generous and giving heart and loved to be able to help his family or friends whenever he could. Dad was a private man in most all areas of his life, and his spiritual walk was no exception. He was baptized when he was 13. While we can only have hope for his eternal future, we can make sure of our own. Survivors include his beloved wife, Martha; daughters: Joana (Kelly) Putvain, Laurie (Perry) Holmes and Bobbie (Chris) Novak; sons: Steven Troster and Jeff (Danielle) Kiene; mother: Clair Troster Heaton; sister: Vicki (Doug) Agee; brother-in-law: Richard Drake; sister-in-law JoAnn (Cliff) Bailey; step-family: the Grismore's; Grandchildren: Nikie (Ken) Kirk, Brandon Dunfee, Jenny (Jed) Morin, Brock Kiene, Tylar Powers, Hayden Holmes, Elizabeth, Emma and Ella Novak; Great-Grandchildren: Jesse, Morgan and Hunter Kirk, Tristen Dunfee & Asher & Addison Morin; and many extended family members. A memorial will be held August 9th from 1-3 PM at the REC community room in Mt. Ayr, Iowa.