Jerry Kester, 65, Buffalo Center, passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at his home. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, Oakcrest Funeral Services, Winter Chapel, Buffalo Center. A funeral service for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday), Dec. 11, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, with Reverend Doug Rokke officiating. Burial will be held in the West Lutheran Cemetery, Rake. Oakcrest Funeral Services, Winter Chapel, Buffalo Center, was in charge of arrangements.
Jerry was born to Howard Levi and Wilda Leona (Clement) Kester, Oct. 13, 1954 in Hancock County. He grew up in Forest City, later moving to Lake Mills after his father passed away.
He graduated from Lakes Mills High School in 1973 and went on to NIACC, Mason City. He enjoyed farming with his stepfather, Lawrence, and his late father-in-law, Robert Knudtson, and he helped his son-in-law at Rognes Brothers Excavating, before going to work for Asmus Farm Supply and H & H Farms.
Jerry was united in marriage to Cheri (Winter) Mayland, Aug. 19, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake.
Jerry enjoyed telling stories, being outside, taking care of his garden, driving his John Deere lawn mower, and horseback riding. He was a very handy man and always carried his John Deere pliers with him. Jerry loved his time with his grandchildren and was very proud of his family. His goal in life was to make others smile. He was very genuine man and was one that would talk to anyone.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Cheri Kester, Buffalo Center; children: Rachel (Jeremy) Rognes, Lake Mills, and their children, Brynn and Calvin Rognes; Kimberly (Rob) Scott, Mason City, and their children, Wesley and Spencer Scott; Levi (Amanda) Kester, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and their children, Noah, Charlee, and Saylor Kester; Justin (Michelle) Kester, Lake Mills, and their children, Millie and Jude Kester; Jordan (Lindsay) Mayland, Des Moines; Holly (Ryan) Ruter, Clear Lake, and their children, Bentley and Kora; and Maria Mayland, Des Moines; brothers: LeRoy (Susan) Kester, Story City; and Ronald (Beverly) Kester, Greene; brothers in-law: Mark (Carol) Winter and Don (Joan) Winter; sister-in-law, Marlene Winter; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Lawrence Guernsey; and brother-in-law, Jerry Winter.