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Roy Hoogeveen chosen as Lester Days Parade Marshal

Posted August 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Lester’s 125th anniversary celebration is fast approaching, and along with the fun and games, there will be the annual Lester Days Parade. This year, lifelong Lester resident, Roy Hoogeveen, will be leading the way as the 2014 grand marshal.

Roy was born and raised in Lester, along with his three brothers and sister. He attended first through 12th grade at Lester Public School and helped out on the family farm. After high school, Roy attended one year at Central College in Pella, before serving 18 months in the Korean War with the U.S. Army. Prior to leaving, Roy met his future wife, Donna, and during his time away, he wrote her every day, helping pass the time.

“When I was in the service — a lot of people don’t believe

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