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Lester Pope

d. February 27, 2016

Lester Pope, age 89, of Greenview, passed away on February 27, 2016 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Lester is survived by one son, Les (Karen) Pope of Greenview, IL; one daughter, Sandra Davis of Springfield, IL; six grandchildren, Jessica (Jamie), Erica (Mike), Linda (Chris), Janet, Cindy (Scott) and Tony; twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and friends including the Kienzler clan.

He married Pauline (Godwin) Pope on April 10, 1949 and she preceded him in death in 1993.

Lester was born on June 30, 1926 in Springfield, IL the son of William and Ethel (Rentschler) Pope.

He attended Springfield High School and graduated in 1944. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. After enlistment, Lester worked at Pope and Sons Grocery and Avenue Food Store as a meat cutter. He had an interest in Nascar, Lionel trains, country music, playing basketball and loved watching the Weather Channel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Menard County Rescue Squad.

Cremation rites for Lester have been accorded.

Private burial services will be held at Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Father Bob Jallas will be officiating.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is taking care of the Pope family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies at this time…

  2. Thanks to Mr. Pope/Grandpa Pope/Pop Pope for all of the wonderful memories. Everyone enjoyed the time spent with him as he shared inspiring stories of his WW II adventures. Mr. Pope was always so kind and friendly to all he met. He’s left behind an amazing family that he was so proud of and many friends that he embraced as family. We’ll keep these memories close as we celebrate his life.

  3. We second everything Carol, Keith and Tony said. Mr. Pope was always fun to be around. The Kienzler Clan is proud to be associate members of the Pope family.

  4. Never got the chance to him, but I know his grand-daughter Janet will miss him. She said he helped raise her and her siblings when their dad died. At least she got to know him longer and have him in her life. I’m her father Tony’s half-sister. His body is gone, but thoughts and feelings of him are always going to be there. Be strong, and know he lived a long life that most people are denied.

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