Funeral services for Leslie Dwight Reser, 59, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2012, in the First United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Jessica Moffat Seay and the Rev. Dan Patman. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery, Healdton, Oklahoma.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Les died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, in a Fort Worth health care facility following a six year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born to Royce D. and Patsy (Knight) Reser, February 27, 1953, at Camp Polk, Louisiana.
Following his graduation from Healdton High School in 1971, he attended Cameron University at Lawton where he was the quarterback for the football team. He graduated in 1974 with a BBA degree. He later entered the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1979.
He and Pamela Bell married in 1974 and were the parents of a daughter, Melissa Nicole Reser, who was born in 1979. They later divorced, but always remained friends.
In 1988, he met Sally Graham while they were members of the sanctuary choir at the First United Methodist Church. They married in 1989. They were the parents of a daughter, Samantha Marie Reser.
During his professional career as a Funeral Director, Les was employed at the Becker Funeral Home in Lawton, the Mayes Funeral Home in Norman and at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore. In 1992, he acquired the Reser Funeral Home, in Healdton, from his parents.
Les was very active in the Healdton Community, where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Lions Club and served as President of the Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, he sold the funeral home and in 2004, the family moved to Ardmore. In Ardmore, he was active in the First United Methodist Church, the sanctuary choir; the Community Choral Society and activities at the Goddard Arts Center. In 2006, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was a wonderful stay-at-home dad until it became necessary to move to an Alzheimer's care facility in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2011.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Reser of the home; daughters, Melissa Williams and her husband, Scott of Norman and Samantha Reser of the home in Ardmore; his mother, Patsy Reser, Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Kathy Enos and her husband, Ted, and Donna Quick and friend, Michael Adamietz; grandchildren, Colby, Camryn and Charlotte Leslie Williams; nieces, Jennifer Terveen and husband, Lance, Michelle Thomas and husband, Steven, Kayla Dobbs and Jamie Diehl and husband, Holden; two great-nephews and a great-niece.
His father, Royce D. Reser, preceded him in death in 1996.
Pallbearers include John Mourer, Joel Wellnitz, Jim Cumpton, Mike Hisey, Roger Hughes and Fred Tayar. Honorary bearers include Cecil M. "Bub" Harvey, Steve Douglas and Jimmy Harbour.
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Condolences may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.