Paul Byers Lescher, 75 of Blandinsville, Ill. died Saturday July 7, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 26, 1942 in Macomb, Ill. to Arthur and Elgin (Hensley) Lescher. He married Betty Frye in Macomb July 31, 1959. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Kathryn (Kenny) Rutledge of Adair, Ill.; Kris (Cathy) Lescher of Macomb, Ill.; three grandchildren, Krista (Tim) Herrin of Manito, Ill., Kolette (Chad) Kirkenmeier of Bolingbrook, Ill., Doug (Erica) Lescher of Hamilton, Ill.; five great grandchildren, Avery and Clayton Herrin, Caden Kirkenmeier, Baby Girl Kirkenmeier due in September, Taylor and Byers Lescher; Sister Ann(Gene) Welsh; Aunt Elaine Deems and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved yellow lab, Leo.
Paul was a 1960 graduate of Western High School.  He was a member of the Western High football team which was undefeated. He scored 20 touchdowns in one season and selected for the Little All-State team. He was a heavy equipment operator. He worked for IDOT for 30 years until his retirement in 2002. He was a lifelong farmer in Blandinsville and lifetime member of the Macomb Elks Lodge 1009.
In his youth, Paul and his sister Ann were well known for their participation with their Shetland ponies in the Fancy Turnout Class.  They won many awards at various fairs, including the Illinois State Fair. Paul and Betty enjoyed running and traveled to many races throughout the years. They were some of the original members of the Macomb Road Runners. He loved boating with his family on the Mississippi River and Lake of the Ozarks. He was great water-skier and taught his children and his grandchildren how to ski. He loved spending time with family, especially his great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 13, 2018 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Macomb, with Rev. Kelly Ingersoll officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday July 12, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Blandinsville Fire Rescue Squad or to the Donor’s Choice. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at