Lester E. Allen, 98, of Decorah, Iowa, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah.

He was born July 6, 1915, in Spring Grove to John Thomas and Emma (Forde) Allen.

He attended the Grindeland School near Hesper.

He was married to Lillian Newgard. They later divorced.

He farmed in the Riceford and Hesper, Iowa, areas and later did carpentry work. He enjoyed working with horses, making homemade toys and attending Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days. He could play several different instruments and was fascinated with all types of machines.

He is survived by son-in-law Arlan Forde of Decorah; two granddaughters, Arlene (Rick) Boynton of Eyota and Audrey (Larry) Cleveland of Lime Springs, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Bryant, Brandon and Ben Boynton, Brianna McClintock, Dustin Klimesh and ChrystaSteinlage; stepgreat-grandchildren, Heather Alden, Brad Boynton, Eric Boynton and Dave Cleveland; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marjorie Forde; two brothers, Irvin and Vernon and three sisters, Bernice Henningsgaard, EstherHenningsgaard and Doris Newgard.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 5, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be noon until the time of services on Saturday at the church.