Lester worked in construction and as a back yard mechanic. He loved working on cars, especially his van, Betsy. He worked on model cars and collected Matchbox cars.
Mr. Markel is survived by his wife of 31 years, Annette; his children, Josh Markel (Michelle), Jessie Markel (Ashley), Rose Markel and Shawn Markel; brother, Russell Markel (Carla); and sister, Darlene Kovar; and his beloved dog, Amigo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight A. and Mary E. Markel; sister, Jean Easterly; and niece, Melanie Turchik.