Caniff Funeral Home
Lesley G. “Les” Justus, 63, of Ashland, died Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
He was born June 22, 1949, in Hurley, Va., to the late Dolly and Quentin Justus. Les was also predeceased by his brother, Bill Justus of Cannonsburg.
Les grew up in a mining camp on Pinsonfork and developed a lifelong passion for baseball at an early age. He played for the Belfry High School Pirates (class of 1967), participated in Legion ball after high school graduation was invited to MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates’ training camp in 1969. Les’ special interest in baseball continued throughout his life as he took great joy teaching his sons to play at Fraley Field and was an avid Tomcats baseball fan. He coached on a formal level for the Boyd County School District and for the National Mine Service Co. baseball team in Wurtland while he was an employee there.
Les attended Mayo State, where he studied welding, and went on to work as a machinist for National Mine for 22 years prior to working at AK Steel for five years. Les was saved in 1977 and was an active member at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church for 34 years, serving as a church bus driver for many years. He enjoyed home improvement projects, woodworking, auto repair, rooting for UK basketball and supporting the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund. Les will be remembered as a loving father and sweet husband, and above all, a hard-working man, always looking forward to the next task at hand.
Les is survived by his wife, Connie Justus of Ashland; sons Kevin Justus (Kate) of Tryon, N.C., and Mark Justus (Sarah Stull) of Ashland; sisters Trixie Blankenship of Grundy, Va., Ann Meyers (Dick) of Louisville, Molly Wells of Sellersburg, Ind., and Eleanor “Cricket” Justus of Elizabethtown; a brother, John Justus (Kathy) of Chicago; and several nephews, nieces, cousins and wonderfully supportive friends.
Funeral services for Les will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Kilgore United Methodist Church on Ky. 854, off U.S. 60 at Rush.
Les’ family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, April 5, 2013, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood and after noon Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Les’ memory may be sent to the Les G. Justus Memorial Fund, c/o Kentucky Farmers Bank, 6313 U.S. 60, Ashland, KY 41102-8640.
The Justus family would like to give special thanks to friends in the community for their unceasing support, and to pilot Nelson Whitt of Angel Flight for his role in Les’ heart transplant in 2010.
Condolences may be sent to canifffuneralhome.com.