Lester E. Aungst, Jr., 91, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, February 21st, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
Born in Schuylkill Haven on February 9, 1928, he was a son of the late Lester E. Aungst, Sr. & Gertrude (Schaeffer) Aungst.
He shared 70 years of marriage with his wife, Gladys I. (Nagle) Aungst.
Lester was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1946.He also attended classes at Eugenie School of Brooklyn, NY, for neon bending.
Following his studies, Lester became the founding owner of Aungst Signs, in Schuylkill Haven.He later purchased National Outdoor Advertising Company, selling and maintaining billboards in Schuylkill and Berks counties.He operated both businesses for more than 60 years; until his son took over in 2007.
Lester was drafted into the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sgt.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.
Lester was a member of the Schuylkill Masonic Lodge No. 138 F&AM, Orwigsburg, for 62 years, as well as a Shriner, and a member of the Tall Cedars.
In addition to his parents, Lester is preceded in death by a sister, Margaret "Dolly" Peiffer, son, Bruce Aungst, and grandson, Jacob Michael Aungst.
In addition to his wife, Lester is survived by his son, Lester E. Aungst, III, & his wife, Michelle, Schuylkill Haven, four grandchildren: Nicole Guldin & her husband, Jason, St. Clair, Lester E. Aungst, IV, Joshua Aungst, both at home, at Jamie Engleman & her husband, Bill, Middleport, as well as three great-grandchildren, and one nephew.
A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26th,with Rev. David Rowe officiating.
A viewing will be held Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Interment will be held privately.