Lester William "Les" Broders

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LESTER ”LES” WILLIAM BRODERS
March 23, 1923 ˜ October 17, 2018

Lester “Les” William Broders of Vancouver, WA, passed away Oct. 17, 2018. He was born in Malcom, IA on 3-23-23. After losing his father at 6 years old, Les was raised with his older sister Yvonne, by their mother Grace in Grinnell, IA. He graduated from Grinnell High school where he played on the varsity basketball team and acted in several theatrical productions.
Les met the love of his life, Bernita, while he was a student at Iowa State University. Bernita and Les were married in 1946.
Before finishing college, Les enlisted in the Navy becoming a fighter Pilot. During his service he flew the Grumman F4F Wildcat. After his service Les finished his studies at Washington State University.
Settling down in eastern Washington Les and Bernie raised their daughter and two sons while Les worked various jobs as an accountant. Among other business endeavors, he owned and operated the Union Tavern in downtown Hermiston, OR and later, the Bowlers Club in downtown Walla Walla, WA. Les sold the club and took a job with the Corp of Engineers.
In 1968, Les’s work for the government took their family to Germany where they lived for five memorable years. Les eventually retired from government work after his tenure at White Sands Missile Range. Les and Bernie made their way to Vancouver, WA to be closer to family. An avid golfer, poker player, sports enthusiast and WSU Cougar, Les was always keeping busy with Bernie by his side. They enjoyed traveling and would snowbird from Vancouver, WA to Sun City West, AZ for many years. Les and Bernie’s lives were a testament to the vows of marriage staying together through all the ups and downs of life for 72 years until Bernie passed away in April with Les by her side. Six months after the passing of his wife, Lester Broders passed away with family by his side Wednesday the 17th of October 2018.
Les loved his family and took pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Traveling miles to be at sporting events, births, marriages, and graduations Les was a welcome figure in all the lives of his descendants.
Les is survived by his daughter, Ann; sons, Steven and Robert; grandchildren, Amy, Simon, Melanie, Nathan Elliot, Joseph and Allison; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Yvonne; and wife, Bernita.
A small private service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 28, 2018
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