In Memory of Lester O. Schlender

Lester O. Schlender
Lester O. Schlender
Born: September 3, 1934
Died: April 24, 2021
Age: 86
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Lester O. Schlender
September 3, 1934 - April 24, 2021
From: Battle Creek, IA

Lester O. Schlender, age 86, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Luann Benge will officiate. Committal Services with Military Rites will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, masks and social distancing are encouraged. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek & Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

     Lester O. Schlender, the son of Fredrick and Bertha (Knapp) Schlender, was born on September 3, 1934, in Madison, Nebraska. He grew up in Madison on the farm and received his education at Green Garden Parochial School.

     In January of 1955, Lester enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1959. On August 30, 1959, Lester was united in marriage to Charlotte R. Beckmann in Madison. The couple were blessed with six children: Gary, Darla, Lorie, Shelly, Bobby and Amy. The family made their home in the Atlantic, Iowa, area before eventually settling in Battle Creek, Iowa.

      Lester was employed with Hultgren Implement of Ida Grove, Iowa, as a John Deere Mechanic until his retirement in 2007. He enjoyed participating in couple’s bowling league and dancing with his wife Charlotte in their younger years. In later years, Lester enjoyed spending time with his family, tending his vegetable garden, feeding the birds and squirrels, and watching wildlife.

     Survivors include his children, Darla Rios of Schleswig, IA, Lorie (Keith) Bennigsdorf of Storm Lake, IA, Shelly (Dale) Schiernbeck of Ida Grove, IA, Bobby (Anita) Schlender of Arthur, IA and Amy (Perry) Venteicher of Holstein, IA; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

      Lester was preceded in death by his parents Fredrick and Bertha Schlender; wife of 58 years, Charlotte Schlender; son Gary Schlender; sisters Viola Wacker and Irene Wetjin; and brother Victor Schlender.


10:30 a.m., Friday
April 30, 2021
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Luann Benge


Honorary Pallbearers:
Lester's Grandchildren & 


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:53 AM
“So sorry to hear about Les. I haven't seen much of him since Charlotte was gone and also my Mom... Always seen him at Willow Dale. Many memories of them from years ago... Sincere condolences to all you kids. ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM
“My heart goes out to all of you at this time. It is difficult to lose any loved one. I carry fond memories of both of your parents and the times we spent together as a family. My prayers are with you.
- Linda McKain
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