Larry Troy Kester

September 14, 1942 - September 22, 2018

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


Jamie Kidwell September 24, 2018

10 condolences for “Larry Troy Kester”

  1. PHCS Larry Kester, thank you being a wonderful part of my life. My condolences to the family.

  2. PHCS Larry Kester, thank you for being a wonderful part of my military life. My condolences to the family.

  3. WOW what a shock when I heard today that Larry had passed away. Larry and I served together at the FIC in the late 80’s before I retired in 1990. He was a mentor to me and although Ihad some difficulties in my last few years on active duty, he was always there to help. As Bobby the Clown, I always had fun making him laugh, and cintinue to make people to this very day. Fair winds and following seas, look forward to seeing you again someday in the big photo lab in the sky

  4. I knew Larry from when we were stationed together at FICEURLANT in Norfolk. My only regret was that we weren’t stationed together for that long a time. I do remember that Larry was an excellent leader, evaluator of men and black and white prints.
    I was so saddened to hear from our friend Tim that Larry was gone but not forgotten. He will be missed.
    Galatians 1:3

  5. I knew Larry as Senior Chief Kester as good friend while stationed at FICEURLANT. He was a guide post of positive leadership and training. Through is example and guidance I was able to be a better Peaty Officer and man. He will be sorely missed. My only regret is that I knew him for a short time on this earth. But realization of the reunion and party we will have one day comforts my soul as I hope will for you and your family. DM1 James Davis, RET

  6. Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate. Rest easy, we have the watch. ISCS Philip R. Miller, Ret.

  7. A brother in arms, a friend for life, a mentor through the storms. You will be greatly missed my friend. Salute Senior Chief, we have the watch!

  8. Larry: Get the place set up for the Big Roundup. That is going to be a GREAT Roundup in Heaven when all of our names are called out by our maker. Looking forward to our eternal celebration brother. Go easy shipmate, I have the watch.

  9. Sharon Masters,
    I am Chloe, Sherry’s grand daughter. I read her the comment you posted and she is very grateful to have heard from you and to let you know she appreciates the kind words. If you would like to contact her please email me at and I will give you her phone number. Much love.

  10. Sherry, my heart goes out to you for the loss of not only your husband but your soulmate. When Danny passed after suffering so long, like Larry did, my 6 year old granddaughter said it was Granddaddy ‘s “Happy Heaven Day”. Though your heart is aching, Larry is now pain free and with our Lord and Savior. What a glorious thought! I’m here for you girlfriend.

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