Lester L. Clouse
Lester Lee Clouse, 93, of San Antonio, formerly of Rio Frio, died on Oct. 12, 2017, in San Antonio.
He was born on May 28, 1924, in DeRidder, Louisiana., to Augusta E. (Koppa) and Roy L. Clouse.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. at at First Baptist Church, located at 7610 N. Bartlett St.in Laredo.
Born on a family farm in Louisiana, he grew up in Port Arthur and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School a term early to be able to enlist in the U.S. Army during wartime. Stationed at Laredo Army Air Base from 1942 until 1945, Sgt. Clouse served as an instructor, training young soldiers to hit moving targets with machine guns mounted in B-24 bombers.
He brought his high school sweetheart and bride, the former Katherine Coleman, to Laredo in 1944, where the couple raised their son, Dan Clouse.
In 1992, the couple moved to a three bedroom house he built, with the assistance of one helper, on the banks of the Rio Frio. While residing there, the family says the couple enjoyed eight years of making new friends and worshiping at First Baptist Church of Uvalde. They also served on the board of the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment.
Clouse loved vegetable gardening, reading westerns on the porch swing, and cheering for the San Antonio Spurs.
The family says his grandchildren have fond memories of visiting Rio Frio, where Clouse would join them careening over rocky trails on all-terrain vehicles, shooting the BB gun, taking a dip in the clear waters of the Frio, and taking afternoon siestas.
Clouse was a strong supporter of his wife’s writing, which culminated in the publication of her book of meditations, “Through the Valley,” in 1998. The family says he was an exemplar of loyalty and kindness to as he cared for his wife during her long and painful illness after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Clouse married Mary Sumner in San Antonio in 2005. The couple had been friends for many years. They enjoyed nine years of married life in San Antonio, where they were members of Village Parkway Baptist Church. The couple also enjoyed traveling. Together they celebrated his ninetieth birthday with a grand party attended by many old friends from Laredo, as well as newer friends from Uvalde and San Antonio.
The family says he was an upright, honorable man of unquestionable integrity; and during his final days his speech had been boiled down to his quintessential expressions, “Thank you” and “What can I do for you?”
Clouse is survived by one son, Dan Clouse; daughter-in-law, Adèle Lund Clouse; and three grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Clouse, Adèle Magruder Clouse, and George Lund Clouse, all of Washington.