Obit William Boone

William Lester Boone

On Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, William Lester Boone ended his earthly sojourn at the age of 87, to begin his eternal adventure with the God he served faithfully and loved extravagantly.

Lester was born June 17, 1934, to Roscoe Gay Boone Sr. and Ida Jane (Wise) Boone in Baroda, Michigan. When he was two years old, the family moved in a horse-drawn wagon back to Oregon where his parents had married in 1928. Throughout his life he frequently expressed gratitude for the two ladies who came to their little logging camp town of Seneca, Oregon to tell people about God. It was there, as a nine-year-old boy, that he trusted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.

In 1945 the family moved to Hermiston, Oregon where Lester enjoyed swimming in the irrigation canals, harvesting watermelons, and representing the Hermiston Bulldogs playing basketball and running track.

Many of his stories of growing up there he wrote of in his book, He Walks with Me in Overalls. The Hermiston High School football field (now the Middle School) can still be seen off of Highway 395, to which he would point and say, “Right there is where God called me to preach.”

In 1952, he attended Colorado Springs Bible College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) to prepare for the ministry. On weekends he sang and preached and traveled with the CSBC Men’s Quartet (Jim Rosentrater, baritone; Roy Berkley, bass; Lester Boone, 2nd tenor, and Gene Whetstone, 1st tenor) with Dr. Robert Heckart, representing the college. Each of these men were “preacher boys” who remained dear, close friends and family members, all of whom preceded Lester Home. That quartet is now reunited, singing eternal praises to the God they loved and served.

While at CSBC, Lester met and married his Deloris, a little Jayhawker born and raised on the Kansas prairie. For 67 years, together they modeled God’s plan for marriage: two people, faithfully loving each other, sharing their individual personalities and gifts, united in spirit and purpose, working side by side, showing the love of God to the people God placed in their lives.

Lester and Deloris pastored together for 64 years in churches in Weippe, ID (1.5 years), Grandview, WA (3 years), Wenatchee, WA (1 year) Yakima, WA (4 years), Coeur d’Alene, ID (40 years), Aumsville, OR (1 year) and Orofino, ID (14 years). Each of those posts bear the unmistakable evidence of Lester’s commitment to hard work, gifts of godly leadership, bookkeeping, carpentry, musical ability, Bible teaching, and preaching. He served as district treasurer for many years and also as general evangelist for numerous revival and camp meetings throughout the United States.

Lester loved words! He was a powerful communicator, evidenced by his preaching, counseling, and writing. Weekly, he sent out dozens of personal cards and letters of encouragement to people all over the world. For years he was a contributing writer for The Wesleyan Advocate and God’s Revivalist, as well as the author of several books, all of which are designed to show the great faithfulness of our God and His desire for each person He created to know Him personally.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Ida Boone; his sister, Joella, and her husband, Bill Tromble; his brother-in-law, Glen Whittenberg; and his grandsons, Jonathan Trouten and Andrew Trouten.

He is survived by his wife, Deloris Whetstone Boone; his children, Trella Boone Coy (Revell), Miriam Boone Riesland (Curt), and Mark Boone (Darla); his siblings, Aloma Boone Whittenberg, R.G. Boone, Jr. (Anne), and Daniel Boone (Brenda); his grandchildren, Kristina Riesland Dinius (Seth), Rebecca Trouten, Clint Riesland (Cody), Anna Trouten McKinney (Nate), Mark Coy (Katie), David Trouten (Danikka), Hillary Coy Langdon (Jared), Stephen Trouten (Taegan), Kellina Coy Richman (JD), William Coy (Elise), and Aaron Boone; his great-grandchildren, Trystin McKinney, Amberly McKinney, Josie McKinney, Corrina Swift, Maci Dinius, Rilee Trouten, Kenadie Dinius, Wyatt McKinney, Remington Riesland, Ella McKinney, and Jonathan Trouten; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Lester honored all whom he loved and served by the manner in which he lived his life. He was a “trail blazer” in the truest sense of the word; breaking and clearing the trail, making things easier for those following. His was the heart of a pioneer; eyes on the horizon, looking ahead for what was around the bend, always on the reach for higher ground. His was the mind of an explorer; constantly in pursuit of deeper, broader understanding. He was a fierce warrior and protector; a contender for freedom and victory – “rattling the devil’s chains”.

He was a true and tender under-shepherd, scouting out the territory ahead for fresh water, green pastures, shelter and comfort for his flock; ever vigilant for signs of danger. His was the spirit of a servant, truly happy when he could do something big or little to help and encourage others. Lester always took the “heavy end” of any burden, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. His hallmark was his commitment to a life of prayer. All who knew him took comfort in the fact that in the early morning hours, while most of us were still asleep, our names were being spoken before the throne of the High King of Heaven…because Lester was praying.

This world desperately needs more people like Lester. But he would be the very first to point, instead, to his Savior and say, “Know Jesus! Live for Jesus! Keep your eyes on Jesus!” The very best way to honor and pay tribute to William Lester Boone is to, “follow him as he followed Christ.” He served his God passionately and faithfully. He loved all of us deeply and graciously. And we will never forget him.

A memorial service will be held at the First Church of God, 209 107th Street, Orofino, ID 83544, on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to: Cadwell Springs Camp Treasurer, P.O. Box 776, Guernsey, WY 82114 in memory of W.L. Boone.

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