Lester M. Kachel, 76, of Brecknock Township, passed away June 1, 2020 in his residence with his family by his side. He was the husband of Sandra Lee (Moyer) Kachel with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Plowville, he was a son of the late Marvin I. & Mabel Grace (Eager) Kachel. Lester started as a steel worker at the former of Grace Mines, later Bethlehem Steel plant. He then became a maintenance supervisor for Aritex and a maintenance mechanic at Vieldhouse and lastly at Christiana Hospital, retiring in 2006. In the late 1970’s he was a part time police officer for Brecknock Twp. Police Dept. He was of the Lutheran faith and served as president of Spirit of Camping club. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, old cars & tractors, and being with family.
Who was Lester M. Kachel?
Lester was a loving husband, father and family-oriented man, who wanted to see his children as well as any children in his life to be happy, do what they wanted to participate in, and be successful in all they set out to accomplish. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as he talked about each of them to anyone who he had the chance to tell. He showed us what it was to be a loving, strong, resourceful and hardworking adult. He attended as many of his children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s activities that he could. He worked so many jobs over the years to provide for his family – welder at Grace Mines, steelworker at Bethlehem Steel, township cop, mechanic for his family, home repairman for his family, and maintenance man for commercial size washers and dryers (just to name a few). He never wanted to see anyone go without! No matter where he went, he could strike up a conversation with anyone but he enjoyed talking to children the most, he would do anything he was capable of to make any child smile and laugh.
Looking back, Lester loved any type of gathering whether it be with family for birthdays and holidays, camping trips, hunting trips, cruises, and fishing trips – probably because he could get away with eating whatever he wanted without hearing that he couldn’t eat something because it was bad for his health. Some of his favorites foods were liver and onions, red-beet eggs, coconut custard pie, lemon meringue pie, scrapple, venison, baked potatoes, butter pecan/black raspberry ice cream, pretzels, chips, sauerkraut, and chocolate milk/milkshakes along with his love for McDonald’s but most of all Dairy Queen.
Beyond being a family man, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Over the years, he has brought home his share of deer and fish to feed his family. He couldn’t wait for his children to enjoy these activities with him. He was always supportive and encouraging on these outings with him, even if we didn’t shoot what we were aiming at or we didn’t catch the fish we were trying to reel into shore or boat. He loved going to his hunting cabin in Clinton County as well as going on Steel Head fishing trips or hunting and fishing anywhere, especially when his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren went with him. He also loved tractors of all types. When his tractors wouldn’t start he would have one of us pull him on the tractor until it started – boy was that a fun time! He also loved what are now antique cars. He attended car shows and had a few cars that he took to car shows. Of all the cars he liked, Chevy Impalas were his favorite – especially his 1963 Chevy Impala SS, which was a project car for him and his sons, who share his love of cars.
He enjoyed camping with family and friends and each camping trip was an adventure. During these camping trips, we never knew what to expect as he was a prankster. We knew we were in for it whenever he got his oh so familiar smirk on his face and oh watch out if he was laughing before he did whatever he was about to do. But all who knew him knew all of his pranks were done out of love and the pranks were his way of showing his love without saying the 3 little words – I love you!!!
While his time here on Earth is over, he will be remembered and loved by all who knew him!
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his children – Debra wife of Steven Lee, Sr., Coopersburg, PA, Larry husband of Darlene (Kohl) Kachel, Mohnton, Staci wife of Andy Mackay, Glenmoore, PA, Melissa wife of David Oley, Mohnton, Linda wife of Kevin Walter, Mohnton, Brad husband of Amber (Sweigart) Kachel, Mohnton, 10 grandchildren and one on the way, 5 great grandchildren, his siblings – Joyce widow of Richard Good, Reinholds, Louis husband of Nancy (Beavens) Kachel, Narvon, PA, David companion of Deborah Shuyler, Todd, PA, Marvin Kachel, Jr., husband of Mary Lou (Sparr), Temple, Dawn wife of Steve Sitler, Laurel, DE, Nancy wife of Samuel Lesher, Lewes, DE., Mabel wife of Roland Hill, Denver, PA and Kenneth husband of Kim (Adams) Kachel, Mohnton. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings, Thomas, and John as well as his first wife Connie Grumling. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Please practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to One Wish Foundation, 85 Kim Winona Ct., Fleetwood, PA 19522. www.kleefuneralhome.com
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.