Visitation for Dr. L.D. "Lester" Nordyke, 79, of Columbia will be held at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia on Friday, February 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home at noon on Saturday, February 7, followed by graveside services and military honors for family in Bowling Green at 4 p.m.
Dr. Nordyke died February 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.
He was born November 29, 1929, in Ottawa, Kansas, to Thelma and Oscar Nordyke. He married Jean Turck on June 16, 1957, in Webster Groves. She preceded him in death in 2001.
Dr. Nordyke was a 1947 graduate of Hickman High School, and earned his DVM from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1958. He served four years of active duty U.S. Army during the intervening years.
Dr. and Mrs. Nordyke lived in Bowling Green from 1958 until 1982, where he was in private practice at which time he began a second career with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and worked in Washington, D.C., as Director of Federal and State Relations for the United States Department of Agriculture until his retirement. He returned to Columbia, Missouri, and became an active member of Sunrise Optimist Club, Elks Club, Broadway Christian Church, and the "3 dollar club." He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, computers and spending time with his friends and family. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching his beloved Mizzou Tigers, Cardinals and Rams.
Survivors include four children, John Nordyke of Hannibal, Susan Campos of Phoenix, Arizona, David Nordyke of Palm Springs, Florida, and Polly Grapes of Sedalia; a sister, Betty Hulen of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren, Sara Nordyke, Stephanie Nordyke, Elyssa Nordyke, Matthew Schreiner, David Schreiner, Daniel Schreiner, Jeremy Nordyke, Courtney Nordyke, Michael Grapes and Kailey Grapes; two nephews, Dr. Jim Mills and Gary Hulen; and two nieces, Ann Patton and Elizabeth Parry. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nellie Mae and Mavis.
Pallbearers for the service in Columbia will be Gary Hulen, Dr. James Mills, Dr. Kirk Parry, Matthew Schreiner, Michael Grapes, and Bob Iglehart. The family suggests memorials in Dr. Nordyke's name to the Coyote Hill Children's Home, and/or the Sunrise Optimist Club of Columbia.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
Additional information provided per family recompense.