Richard Kester, 73, of Gordonville passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born August 10, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of Herman Rudolph and Augusta Minnie Ahrens Kester.
Richard was raised on the family farm near Friedheim. He was Baptized and Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and attended school at Oak Ridge. After school he worked for the former Ladreiter Mobil Gas Station in uptown Jackson. He later worked for Spartech Plastic in Cape Girardeau, retiring in 2006 after 43 years of employment.
When he moved to Gordonville, Richard joined Christ Lutheran Church where he was a member for over 50 years and was head usher for several years. He was a charter member of the Cape PWSD # 4 located in Gordonville.
Loving survivors include his daughter, Tammy (Michael ) Sides of Cape Girardeau; a grandson, Michael (Rachel) Sides of Winnebago, Illinois; former wife, Katherine “Katy” Kester; four brothers, Leroy Kester and Eugene Kester both of Jackson; Bobby Kester of Friedheim, and Mike (Joyce) Kester of Sedgewickville; four sister, Marie (Maurice) Lange of Cape Girardeau, Georgia (Robt) Bazzell of Jackson, Susan (Richard) Engel of Souix Falls, South Dakota, and Carolyn (Jerry) Dockins of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by a sister in-law, Ruth Kester.
Richard’s visitation will be from 10 am till 12 noon on Friday, October 28, 2016, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
His funeral service will be at 12 noon on Friday, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center with the Rev. Mike Gallagher officiating.
Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gordonville.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Gordonville.

To view Richard’s personal video, click here:

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  1. Linda Dreyer

    So sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathies. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s love strengthen you and give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. The Dreyers

  2. Kimberly VanMatre

    So sorry for your loss. Please know I have you in my prayers and thoughts.
    Kim Schlegel-VanMatre

  3. Tom Cook

    So sorry for your loss Tammy. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Laurie Dixon

    Watch over us Uncle Richard. We will miss you.

  5. Allen & Kim Pooker

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

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