Daniel Douglas Kester, age 79, passed away Saturday at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. Born in Columbus, OH, he was the son of the late Donald Ruble Kester and the late Leah Bonita Fullen Kester. He was a Veteran of the US Air Force having retired after 20 years of service and was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church. Dan was also a member of the Berkeley Civitans, The Wayne County Historical Association, The Order of the Arrow and Three Eagles Golf Course. Among his many hobbies included his businesses Dan’s Rock Shop, Mooseberry Mansion, cheapjunk.com and a professional wrestling promoter. His many talents included jewelry making, woodworking, scrimshaw, painting, ceramics and a collector of everything, including used golf balls. He was also known as the curator of Johnny Appleseed.
Services to remember Dan’s life will be held in January.
Dan is survived by his wife, Dr. Diane D. Kester; sons, Donn Kester and wife, Bonnie, Dan Kester and wife, Mary Anne, and David Kester; daughters, Dawn Kester and Deneen Marshall and husband, Randy; sisters, Phyllis Townsend and Tami Massaro; grandchildren, Donnie, Kate, Trey, Will, Jonathon, Erica and David; great grandchildren, Andrew, Kaelyn, Zoey, Ella and Nora.
Dan requested that no flowers be sent and that memorial gifts may be directed to the New Hope United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 200 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Kester family and online condolences may be sent to www.shumate-faulk.com.
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Sad to hear of his passing he and dad (Harley Hines) were great friends he will be missed please keep me informed of when the service will be I would love to be there and sure my mother and sister would love to come as well my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Jay Hines on Dec 5 2017 04:40:11 PM
Dan was such a great friend, always willing to lend a hand. I enjoyed his book reviews and his many stories. He was such a fan of old movies. He taught how important it was to give people a chance, to get to know them - faults and all. Dan was quite the character, but a character I'm very glad I got to know. My love and prayers to all the family.
Submitted by Emily Barsh on Dec 5 2017 11:13:55 AM
We are saddened to learn of Dan's passing. He was an interesting character and loved dearly by Diane and family. The Kester family is in our prayers.
Submitted by David and Jennifer Vinciguerra on Dec 4 2017 11:47:50 PM
Dan was a kind knowable person a crazy bidder at auctions but could turn it into a profitable venture.He was always willing to cut you in on a deal a good friend. RIP DAN.
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