Lester Maxwell Rao

Lester Maxwell Rao, 64, of Shepherdstown, WV passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, WV.

Born June 27, 1954 in Ethiopia, he was the son of the late Louis Rao and Amelia Rouse Rao.

Lester was a blacksmith in the equine industry and also liked working with wood. He had a kind compassionate heart and a generous spirit, always willing to give help to someone less fortunate than himself.

He is survived by his life-partner, Maura O’Brien of Shepherdstown, WV; two sons, Patrick Rao of Shepherdstown and Lester “Lee” Rao of Scottsdale, AZ; one sister, Lorraine Rao of Silver Spring, MD one brother, Larry Rao and Linda of Severn, MD, Patti Leedham, who was like another sister to Lester and his siblings, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lou Rao.

Services were at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Eddie Householder as the officiant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

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