Eli Lester ‘Les’ Ober, 82, Diversified Storage owner, worked for Toyota, was passionate about sailing

By on August 16, 2017

Eli Lester “Les” Ober, 82, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home and birthplace in Ephrata.

He was born on May 11, 1935, a son of the late Lloyd B. and Edna F. (Zartman) Ober.

Les was a graduate of Ephrata High School, Class of 1953. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 with a degree in agricultural economics. While attending Michigan State, he was active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, serving as the fraternity president his senior year.

Les worked 27 years for Sperry New Holland in sales, marketing, and product development. He went to work for Toyota’s division of industrial equipment for 13 years as national manager of new business development in Torrance, Calif. After retiring in 1998, Les started and ran a storage business, Diversified Storage, in Clay.

He had a passion for sailing and shared it with his family and friends on trips to the Chesapeake Bay, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Coast. Les traveled often for work and pleasure and loved to discuss his many excursions around the country and around the world. He was a dedicated family man who spent countless hours with his sons, grandchildren, and friends.

He is survived by his former wife: Nancy (Heckathorn) Macias of Sedona, Ariz.; three children: Blake Ober of Pinedale, Wyo.; Brooke Ober and wife Roxanne (Dodds) of Hagerstown, Md.; and Brad Ober and Michele Bote of Lancaster; his three grandchildren: Nathan Ober, Rachel Ober and Max Ober of Hagerstown, Md.; sisters: Kathryn Zimmerman and husband Roy of Brethren Village; Jean Lorah and husband Carl of Ephrata; brothers: Skip Ober and wife Lorraine of Pleasant View Retirement Community; and Carl Ober of Ephrata; and partner, Shirley Andrews, of Long Boat Key, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his older brothers: Russell Ober and Tony Ober.

Funeral service were held Aug. 16 at Brickerville United Lutheran Church, Lititz. A private interment was made in St. John’s Cemetery, Brickerville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Les’ memory to either Brickerville United Lutheran Church or Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster.

Clauser Funeral Home Inc., Schaefferstown, is handling his arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at clauserfh.com.

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