Michael William Lese, age 70, of South Corning, NY passed away at home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Michael was born April 10, 1947 in Wellsboro, PA to Armot J. and Martha Jean (Benson) Lese. He married Joan Lockwood on August 20, 1977.
He graduated from West High School in 1966 and was a talented athlete, excelling in Football, Wrestling and Golf; lettering in all three sports. He was an All-County Guard in both Steuben and Chemung County for the 1965-66 Football season, shot a 70 in golf throughout high school, and was inducted into the Corning Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1982.
Michael retired from the Corning Erwin Plant as an operator in 2006.
Michael will be remembered as a family man who always put his family and friends first. He loved to talk, take long car rides, investing in the stock market, and watching western movies.
A special thanks to all of his friends who have supported him throughout his lengthy illnesses.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years: Joan Lese; son: Michael V. Lese of Corning; brothers: Mario Lese of San Diego, CA, Steven (Deborah) Lese of Horseheads; sister in law: Susan (Floyd) Brown, MN, Carl (Laurie) of Lockwood, NC, along with several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents he was predeceased by a brother, James E. Lese; mother and father in law: Ira and Helen Lockwood.
Family and friends are invited to call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. Corning, NY 14830 on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. A funeral service will follow calling hours at 6:00pm with Fr. Lew Brown officiating.
He will be laid to rest at the convenience of the family at St. Mary's Mausoleum.
Memorial donations can be directed to Care First Hospice, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 or American Kidney Association, 14440 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33613.
Kind words or fond memories of Michael can be shared with his family at www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com