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Dennie Lee Kester, son of the late Frank L. and Irene L Kester, born February 5, 1949, in Maybeury, West Virginia, passed away from this life at 8:38 p.m. on May 23, 2017 and was ushered into the arms of his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Irene, sister Norma Jean Odell and her husband Gary, and niece Sheryl Jean Odell Tabor.
Memorial Service Fairview Christian Community Church, 120 Black Oak Rd, Princeton, WV, June 17 2017, at 1 p.m.
Dennie was a graduate from Princeton High School and a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Texas, he married into a family of four children, and became father to those four which grew into a close, life long relationship. His last duty station was at Andrews Air Force base in the suburbs of Washington D.C. where after discharge he became a Facility Engineer for a large apartment complex. He resided there until early 2016 until, because of deteriorating health, he moved to live with his son Derek Baker in McKinney, TX and the entire family became his caretaker.
His life was one of always giving to all who needed it and will be remembered as a cherished life to his family, and a great brother to his siblings, brother Larry Kester (Dawn) of Greenville, SC,  his sisters Linda Farley (Roger) of Camp Creek, Debbie Archer (Jared) of Irmo, SC, and Vickie Hodge of Princeton, WV.
His life will always be remembered by his children and entire family as a truly giving, loving person. Although not paternal, none the less "Dad" or "Pop" to son Derek and his wife Melissa Baker of McKinney, TX, and their children Reagan, Austin, Lincoln; son John Baker of Clinton, MD, and children John Michael, Jason, and Sydney; son Stephen Baker of TX, daughter Jeanne Bassett of Marion SC, and her daughter Jessica and husband Joshua Busch and two children Paisley and Riley, Joshua is serving in the Air Force and they are presently stationed in Nebraska. This said, giving Dennie six grandchildren and two great grandchildren which were his pride and joy.  He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews and many friends who loved him.
From his family, not only was he our brother he was our friend and our hearts are heavy as many others because of our loss, and yet we understand our loss is Heavens gain.
"We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." -- 2 Corinthians 5:8
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27
Published on June 9, 2017
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