Larry Troy Kester, 76, of Armstrong St. in Romney passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Winchester Medical Center.
Born September 14, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he was the son of the late Troy Frederick and Rose Margaret (Hawkins) Kester.
Larry is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sherry A. (Parker) Kester. His sister, Kathy (Kester) Walsh. Two beautiful daughters, Keriann and Sandra. Six grandchildren; Heather, Josh, Jake, Lauren, Zack and Taryn and great granddaughter, Ella Grace. Larry is also survived by his three-beloved step-daughters; Stephanie, Shannon, and Christina and two adoring granddaughters, Chloe and Luna.
Larry served thirty years in the United States Navy, retiring from active duty in February of 1991 as Senior Chief Photographer’s Mate (Air Warfare Specialist). After his retirement from active duty, he served as a GS-6 Mid Atlantic Training Coordinator for the Defense Logistic Agency Disposal Service. Larry’s greatest pride during his career was serving as a Photographer’s Mate which spanned from Vietnam to over forty countries and seven continents. A highlight in Larry’s career was when the United States Geological Survey named a landmark after him in Antarctica; known as Kester’s Peak (82-49° South by 48-23° West). Larry also served as an aerial mapper reconnaissance, intelligence, combat and public affairs photographer. His subjects, in addition to the countless Navy assignments, included the Pope, Heads of State, movie stars, and celebrities.
Through close friends, Tim and Beverley Gilliam, Larry met his best friend and the love of his life, Sherry. Though deserving, Larry will not take any stars to his final duty station. He gives his star freely, as a thirty-year Naval Veteran, to maintain the brilliance of the fifty stars seen on his favorite nation’s flag.
God bless Larry for his service and for being a wonderful part of our lives. We celebrate his life!
Friends will be received Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1:00 pm till 2:00 pm at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Memorial Service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm. Inurnment will be at Indian Mound Cemetery, Romney.
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511