A funeral service will be held in New Hope Temple on Friday, March 23, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lester Wayne Russell, 87. Lester was born on February 17, 1925 in Oilton, Oklahoma to Lewis and Gertrude Russell and passed away on March 20, 2012 in Bakersfield. He came to Taft in 1943 and began working for Honolulu Oil Co. He was drafted in to the U.S. Army in 1944 and was discharged in May of 1946. He married Audrey Kincaid on May 23, 1946 and went back to work for Honolulu Oil Co. and continued working in the oilfields until he retired from Texaco Oil Co. in 1986. He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Glenda Russell Berkey and his nine brothers and one sister. Lester is survived by his wife, Audrey Russell; his daughters, Janet Johnson and Connie MacKinnon and her husband, Bruce; five grandchildren, Richard Johnson and wife, Erica, Jeff Johnson and wife, Rhonda, Kim Johnson Gipson and husband, Mike, Chuck MacKinnon and wife, Trena, Sandy MacKinnon Walton and husband, Aaron; nine great-grandchildren, Brittany Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Cody Johnson, Blake Johnson, Meagan Johnson, Jaden Johnson, Emma MacKinnon, Carson MacKinnon and River Walton; and one brother and his wife, Max and Wanda Russell. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service time at New Hope Temple.