Gilbert A. Kester, 84, of Friedheim passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at the home of a daughter in St. Louis.
He was born Sept. 11,1918, in Friedheim, third child of Joseph and Emma Kester. He and Bettye Louise Siemers were united in marriage Feb. 16, 1947. They celebrated 55 years of marriage prior to her death May 19, 2002.
Gilbert was a graduate of Perryville High School, attended Southeast Missouri State University, and extension classes from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
His career included sales and upper management positions in the insurance industry more than 25 years. He also taught school several years and bred livestock with his brother, Alfred, more than 22 years.
At the time of his death he was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim and had held various positions on the church council. Avidly interested in genealogy, he published two family genealogy books and consulted on numerous other related publications.
He and Bettye lived in Cape Girardeau more than 40 years before retiring to the family farm at Friedheim in 1985.
Loving survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Timothy Anderson and Patricia and Gary Dolle, all of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Kristopher and Rebecca Dolle and Brent and Katharine Haberman; a brother, Albert Kester of Friedheim; and a sister, Letha Moore of Oak Ridge.
A brother, Alfred Kester, preceded him in death.
Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 4 to 8 p.m. today, and after 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Rev. David Burge will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim or Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Association.