He was born June 3, 1943 in Montezuma County, Cortez, Colorado. He was the son of the late Arthur and Lela (Baker) McLain.
Lester was a graduate of Cabool (Missouri) High School Class of 1961 and was united in marriage on June 8, 1963 to Karen Lay of Houston, Missouri.
For 32 years he was employed as a counter-parts-man for General Motors dealerships in the St. Louis area. In 1999, he took early retirement and moved to Texas.
Lester is survived by his wife, Karen of Gunter, Texas; three sons, Kevin of Gunter, Texas, Rick and wife Tara of Columbia, Missouri, and Brian and wife Christi of Proper, Texas; three grandsons, Trevor, Cade, and Colin McLain; two sisters, Ruth Gamel of Springfield, Missouri, and Joyce and husband Gary Grose of Forsythe, Missouri; and a sister-in-law, Reva McLain of Cabool, Missouri.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents, brother Orval, and sister Belva Bradshaw.
Honoring his wishes, no memorial services are planned at this time.