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Wesley 'Wes' Kester

Wesley 'Wes' Kester

Saturday, July 25th, 1936 Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Wesley 'Wes' Clement Kester

Wesley C. “Wes” Kester, a resident of Rickreall, Oregon died on Tuesday, August 18th in Dallas. Wes was born on July 25, 1936 in Dallas, Oregon the son of Willington and Vera Kester. Wes attended Rickreall Grade School and later graduated from Central High School in 1955. Wes entered the U.S. Army in 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1961. Wes was a second generation Bee-Keeper in the Willamette Valley. His father Wellington C. Kester started W.C. Kester in 1942. Wes was well known for his honey at the Polk County Fairgrounds and the South Salem Farmers Markets. Wes’s son Warren has carried on W. C. Honey Apiaries for a third generation producing some of the best honey in the Willamette Valley. Wes married Elsie Peterson on 1957 in the Monmouth First Christian Church. They lived in Rickreall and raised their children there. Elsie passed away in 1977. Wes later married Marie Ernst on November 15, 1977 in the Oak Grove Community Church. Wes enjoyed deer and elk hunting. Wes was a longtime member of the Independence Elks Lodge #1950. Wes was a past Exalted Ruler of the Lodge. He was also a member of the Rickreall Grange. Wes served as a volunteer at the Polk County Museum for many years. Wes loved baseball. He enjoyed watching his grandson Taylor play baseball all thru school. In recent years, Wes enjoyed going to Corvallis to watch the Knights Baseball Team.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, daughter, Linet, sons, Wesley of Monmouth, Warren of Monmouth and Wyatt of Sheridan, daughters , Terri and Tammi along with three grandchildren, brother Wilmont of Beaverton. He was preceded in death by his son Wayne Kester, brother, Robert, sisters, Barbara and Sharon.

Arrangements are pending at this time. Private interment will be in Fir Crest Cemetery. To leave an online condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Portland, or the Polk County Museum in care of Bollman Funeral Home who is caring for the family.

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Sonja Ely

Wes was a valued volunteer with the Polk County Historical Society and he is missed. His years with the Polk County Museum will be remembered. Sonja Ely, former PCHS president.
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