He was born in Dugger on January 14, 1925 to William Harrison Crooks and Eva Mae Alumbaugh.
Lester was a WWII Navy veteran, retired from Indiana and Michigan Breed Power Plant in Fairbanks, the past President of the Local #292 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Sullivan Eastern Star #53, Dugger Masonic Lodge # 721, the Sullivan and Terre Haute Zorah Shrine, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #911, Sullivan VFW Post #2459, and the Shelburn American Legion Post#197.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Barbara Gilham Crooks of Sullivan, two sons; William H. Crooks of Sullivan, State Representative Dave Crooks of Washington, In., Pamela Mae Nation of Graysville, one sister; Mary Shonk of Linton, four grandchildren: Tabitha Hernandez, Norman L. Nation, Mackenzie, and Jared Crooks, one great-granddaughter; Zendalin Hernandez.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Newkirk's Funeral Home in Dugger with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at the Dugger Cemetery 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Robert Gray officiating. Military services will be held by the Sullivan, Shelburn, and Hymera Legion Posts, and the Sullivan VFW Post.
Preferred memorials may be sent in his honor to the Shriners Children's Hospital, or the Sullivan Co. Community Hospital Foundation.