LAMAR-Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Weng Funeral Chapel in Jasper for Lester Carl Taffner, 72, Lamar, who died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the home; his mother, Fern Taffner, Nevada; a brother, Jerry Taffner and wife Karen, Lamar; a sister, Peggy Jo Gilkey and husband Joe, Nevada; a brother-in-law, Dean Dockery and wife Betty, Sugarland, Texas; three nephews, Jerod Lamb and wife Lisha, Sheldon, Joshua Lamb and wife Abbey, Sheldon and Stephen Dockery and wife Terrill, Wichita, Kan.; three nieces, Angie Schlichting and husband Matt, Lamar, Susan Norris and husband Peter, Houston and LaDeana Dockery, Wichita, Kan. and several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Taffner; his in-laws, Calvin and Mae Dockery and a great-niece, Hannah RoseMarie Lamb.
Mr. Taffner was born Feb. 22, 1941, at Lamar, to Carl Asey and Fern Elizabeth (Walker) Taffner. He was a retired livestock farmer. In his early days he had a dairy herd, drove a milk truck and raised and trained horses. He also owned and operated his own gravel truck and worked as a driver for an asphalt paving machine for streets. He attended Boston Methodist Church as a boy.
He married Carolyn (Dockery) Taffner on Dec. 19, 1960.