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Jul 16, 2013 - Staff
Lester Fluckiger died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the home he loved in the Upper Green River Valley. He was 88 years old.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Pinedale Community United Church of Christ.
Lester Fluckiger was born March 19, 1925, in Turnerville, the second of six children of John and Mary Ada Fluckiger.
He graduated from Star Valley High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from October 1943 until May 1946. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he entered Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in range management in 1950.
Lester Fluckiger married Donna (Shannon) Fluckiger on Sept. 2, 1950, in Pinedale. They had two children.
Mr. Fluckiger worked as a ranch hand near Big Piney until he was hired permanently by the U.S. Forest Service in the Bridger National Forest. He spent almost 35 years working for the U.S. Forest Service. He retired in March 1980 as assistant director of range management of the Intermountain Region in Ogden, Utah, and three days later he moved back to Wyoming.
He was a past master of Franklin Lodge 31 in Pinedale, past patron of Pinedale Chapter 39, OES, Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Wyoming from 1991-92, and past associate guardian of Job's Daughters. He also participated in the Lander Valley Scottish Rite and Korein Shrine Temple.
He was a longtime member of the Pinedale Community United Church of Christ.
He rode for the Upper Green River Cattleman's Association for many summers, and his family said he loved nature.
He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Horton; son and daughter-in-law David and Rebekah Fluckiger; grandsons Sam and his wife Stephanie and Johnny Horton and his wife Maegen; granddaughters Sarah and her husband her Mason and Joleen and her husband John; great-grandchildren Kylie Martinez, Amanda Horton, Eleanor Fluckiger, Issabell Fluckiger, Abigail Fluckiger and Atticus McCraken; brother Darrol and his wife Ranee; sister Lola and her husband Darwin Wolfley; sister-in-law Denna; brother Max and his wife Joyce; numerous nieces and nephews; and many devoted and loyal friends.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Donna; son-in-law John R. Horton; grandson Michael Horton; brothers Glen and Jack; and his parents.
Memorial donations may be made to the Intermountain Shriner's Hospital for Children, Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, or the charity of the donor's choice.