Obituary: Lester S. Van Deursen


February 5, 1926 – May 3, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Lester S. Van DeursenLester S. Van Deursen, age 95, of South Holland, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2021. Beloved husband of Shirley Van Deursen, nee De Young. On May 6, Les and Shirley would have celebrated 72 years of marriage. Loving father of Donald (Noreen) Van Deursen and the late Leanne (Dominick) Milano. Cherished grandfather of Jodi Bult, Christopher Milano, Alia Sullivan, Corine Milano, and the late Andy Van Deursen. Great-grandfather of Sara, Piper, and Kenzie. Dear brother of the late Ken (late Frieda) Van Deursen, late Nell Evensen, late Bill (Carole) Van Deursen, and the late Faye. Preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Alice Van Deursen. Les was a proud United States Marine WWII veteran and a longtime member of First Reformed Church of South Holland. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Visitation Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. at First Reformed Church, 15924 South Park Avenue, South Holland, IL, with Rev. James Oord and Rev. Dr. Rich Grevengoed officiating. Interment Oak Ridge Cemetery – Lansing, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to First Reformed Church Special Projects Fund are greatly appreciated. For more information, please call 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at

The service will be livestreamed on First Reformed Church of South Holland’s YouTube Channel.