Stephen Lavon “Pood” Kester, 93, of Toronto died Friday, March 13, 2020, at Yates Center Health Rehab Center.

He was born on February 27, 1927, near Quincy, the son of Edna Barnard and Bert Kester.

He attended country schools the first eight grades and graduated high school from Toronto High School in 1945.

He began his military service in 1945. His rank was Corporal in the U.S. Army for two years. Upon returning to Toronto, after his service, he was employed as a mechanic for Cooper and Dyer Garages. He then started his own truck line and mechanic garage, hauling cattle and coal during the 50s and 60s.

He began working for USD 389 in 1972 and worked as a mechanic and bus driver for over 20

He is survived by his wife Goldie (Dollie) Kester, of Toronto; children, Jerry Clark, Larry Clark, Sharon Clark, and Robert Clark, all of Toronto, Shirlee Rogers of Bartlesville, Okla., and Sherry Martell of Eureka; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and sister Sue Goss of Sedgwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Darlene Hamilton.

Cremation has been effected and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

The Eureka Herald

PO Box 590

Eureka, KS 67045

Phone: 620-583-5721

Fax: 620-583-5922