John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

As Veterans Day approaches, we want to recognize the veterans we employ at Lezzer Lumber, and offer our thanks and support to the more than 20 million veterans across the nation. Your courage and service inspires us.

Maurice Lezzer has been a staple at Lezzer Lumber since our humble beginnings in 1927, but before that Maurice spent time serving our country from 1944 to 1946. He recently took some time to share his thoughts as a veteran.

Lezzer: What branch of military did you serve in and when?
Maurice Lezzer: I served in the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees, from 1944 to 1946.

L: Where did you serve the majority of time in service?
Maurice: I was based in Illinois, went through cook and baker school in Chicago, served overseas in Guam for a little under a year, and was discharged while in Maryland in 1946.

L: How did (does) your military experience affect your life/career today?
Maurice: It taught me a different kind of discipline. I’ve carried that throughout my life, especially in running our business.

L: What sacrifices did you make to serve in the military?
Maurice: I don’t consider it as a sacrifice at all. I was proud to serve my country.

L: Why did you decide to join the military?
Maurice: I enlisted in the Navy when I was 18 during my first semester at Penn State where I was studying Physical Education. I knew there was a chance that I’d be drafted, so I enlisted to the Navy. I remember the day I received my letter – I was working in the field at my uncle’s farm and my mother ran out across the way, waving my letter.


This Veterans Day Lezzer Lumber is very proud and honored to recognize the many veterans and active military members across our company. We recognize the values of integrity, trust, respect and commitment to excellence instilled through military service, and we proudly honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation.

Current Lezzer Lumber Staff with Military Service Time:

Ken Test – 502nd Armored Medical Detachment, US Army 1961-1964 (Curwensville)

Patrick LeMay – Army Engineer Corps, Spec 5 (Butler)

Richard Leibold – United States Air Force, Tsgt (Stockertown)

Samuel Bossert – Private First Class, Army National Guard (Stockertown)

Victoria Brooks – US Marine Corps (Corporate)

Doug Lingle – USMC, Corporal (State College)

Tim Kurtz – USMC 1982-1986 (Manheim)

Maurice Lezzer – US Navy, Seabee (Curwensville)

Kurt Getz – US Army, Sergeant 1978-1982 (State College)

Don Nickerson – US Army 1984-1988 (Lancaster)

Devin Moore – Combat Engineer, US Army, Sergeant (Truss Plant)

Bill Hunt – US Army (Truss Plant)

Robert Lumadue– US Navy (Truss Plant)

Don Clark – US Army (Truss Plant)

Tyler Thompson – US Air Force (Curwensville)

Aaron Derrick – PA Army National Guard (Truss Plant)

Ron Rogers – US Marine Corp, 1968-1974 – E5 (Truss Plant)

Fred Smythe – PA National Guard, 1979-1985 (Truss Plant)

Chris Powers – US Army (Truss Plant)

Bill Gillen – Army National Guard, Spec 4 (Curwensville)

Doug Young – US Army, SP4 (DuBois)

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