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Lester Leon Strong


Lester Leon Strong

Born: Sat., Feb. 14, 1953

Died: Sat., Jan. 16, 2016


2:00 PM Wed., Jan. 20, 2016

Location: Red Lake Community Center

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jan. 22, 2016

Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Lester Leon Strong, 62 years, of Red Lake Minnesota passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, January 16th, 2016. He was born in Red Lake, MN on February 14th, 1953, the son of Burton and Mary (Hart) Strong.

Lester was “the Man with a Plan”….He met and married his best friend Colleen, and they spent the next 34 years together. After her passing in May of 2015, he spent his days missing her dearly. Lester always like visiting with his family and friends but especially liked spending time with his grandkids. Lester was a simple man who liked being at home where he could watch the Viking’s play football and watch his favorite show, The Price is Right. He will be dearly missed.

The family he meets again are his wife; Colleen Strong, his parents; Burton and Mary Strong, brothers; Marvin Sr., Jerome Sr. and Gerald Strong, sisters; Helen Jones, Margaret Needham and Cecelia Strong and numerous other relatives.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his son; Christopher Strong Sr. of Red Lake, daughter; Michelle (Harold) Strong of Red Lake, brother; Herman Strong Sr. of Redby, sister; Kathleen Strong of Redby, six grandchildren; Marissa Strong, Doug Dudley Jr., Delaney Strong, Kristina Strong, Jariden Dudley and Christopher Strong Jr., and many other family members and friends.

A wake for Lester will begin at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 20th at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake and continue until his 1:00 p.m. funeral on Friday, January 22nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church also in Red Lake. Father Jerry Rogers will officiate. Pallbearers for Lester will be Harlan Strong, Jerome Strong Jr., Michael Jones Sr., Rodney Stillday Jr., Rodney Stillday Sr., Joel Jones, Herman Strong Sr., Ron Brun and Duane Smith Sr. His honorary pallbearers are Vicky Juarez, Vanessa Cloud, Marissa Strong, Kristina Strong, Douglas Dudley Jr., Cheryl Strong, Mary Strong, Heather Stillday, Joyce Strong, Clarissa Smith, Darilyn Jones, Gilbert Lasley and Marlin Smith.

Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery following his Friday service.

Lester’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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