Lester A. Amtsberg

September 22, 1908 ~ February 2, 2007

Lester A. Amtsberg, 98, of Colonial Hill Retirement Center , Johnson City, passed away Friday, February 2, 2007 at the Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness. He was a native of Cleveland, OH. Lester retired in 1979 as a Corporate Vice-President after 49 years of distinguished service at the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company. He is credited with 54 U. S. Patents including an impact wrench used in construction of the World Trade Center. He was a long term member of Kiwanis International, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City and an avid golfer at the Johnson City Country Club. Mr. Amtsberg was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy and by two brothers and one sister. Survivors include his second wife, Mary Wood Amtsberg; one daughter, Carol A. Beebe of Kingsport; two stepsons, Dr. James F. Wood of Johnson City and Dr. William P. Wood of Charlotte, NC; one step daughter, Frances Wood Sale of Lynchburg, VA; two granddaughters, Dawn Beebe and Linda Beebe; one great-grandson, Jaren Sensabaugh and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Wednesday from the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. Rev. Baron Eliason, Dr. William Wood and Rev. Andy Sale will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church, following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Carol, We are sorry for your loss. He was a great help for the Mountain Empire Plus Squares Sq-dance Club. Leonard & Joyce

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Carol- I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I saw your Dad for therapy at his apartment. My Dad told Aunt Joyce, who use to be one of your Dad’s secretaries at CP in Utica. I am terribly sorry for your loss and I just read in the paper that Mary passed away too. I enjoyed the time that I spent with your Dad, he was a great patient and a wonderful person. Sincerely, Donna Shell

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Carol and Family, We just wanted you to know how sorry we are for your great loss. We were so blessed to know Les and so very thankful for his love for my grandmother, Mary. They were a wonderful couple who loved each other deeply and had such fun together! For this we are eternally grateful. May God comfort you and grant you peace in your hearts. Love, Mary Helen, Bob and Family

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Carol and Mary, It has been a wonderful pleasure to get to know Lester at Colonial Hill Retirement Center. He had a unique sparkle and joyful attitude to go with his sense of humor. I will miss him along with many others. I pray that God will comfort you in the days ahead and with time gently replace your grief with wonderful memories.

  5. Anonymous says:

    To Carol Beebe and family: I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts are with you and please accept my sincerest condolences. Joanne Hayden, Double K’s in Knoxville TN

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