He was born Feb. 28, 1956, in Laeger, W.V. to Vestel and Berchie Mae (Bailey) Lester. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1975 and served in the U.S. Army National Guard. On April 10, 1981, he married Joyce A. Music.
He worked at Manchester Foundry for 16 years and later became an assistant supervisor in the foundry area of Ford Meter Box, Wabash, Ind., for 22 years. He was a member of Grand Street Baptist Church, Wabash, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He is survived by his wife; one son: Ryan M. Lester, North Manchester; one daughter: Jo (Chad) Shepherd, North Manchester; two sisters: Dian Lester, Warsaw, Ind.; and Tammy Spacy, Brookston, Ind.; four grandchildren: Lane Staley, Bailey Mooney, Peyton Shepherd and Jaynie Shepherd; in-laws: George and Billie Music, North Manchester; and very dear friends: Bob Corn, John Dennison and Margie Dennison.
Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at McKee Mortuary. Pastor John Dennison and George Music will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Ricky W. Lester, memorial contributions may be made to Grand Street Baptist Church, PO Box 206, Wabash, IN 46992.