Dr. W. Scott Kiester (1923 - 2017)

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Dr. W. Scott Kiester, resident of Granger, Ind., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Scott was born on June 30, 1923, in Slippery Rock, Pa., to the late Jesse Daniel Kiester and Frances Lorene Stitt-Kiester.
In the midst of the Great Depression, at the young age of 14, Scott assumed most of the family farming responsibilities at home, while his father obtained work elsewhere to support the family. This set the prescient for his incredible lifelong work ethnic, which was exemplified by his retirement at the age of 88.
Drafted into the military on March 3, 1943, after Basic Training he was scheduled to enter flight school, but due to acute appendicitis and emergency surgery, he missed the opportunity. After recovering, he was assigned the responsibility as the physical fitness trainer for entire post. Later, as a first lieutenant he was shipped to Japan, where he was assigned to work during the occupation of Japan. He further finished his military service in the National Guard.
After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1950, Scott completed medical school and became a physician. Working several years in a residency program in St. Louis, Mo., he became a surgeon and later became certified in general surgery. After many years, he retired as a surgeon and gained certification in Family Practice.
In January 1946, he married Mary Frances (Polly) Capps in Hartsville, S.C., and they had six children. Later, he married Janet Diane Freimund on Sept. 24, 1976, in Adamsville, Mich., and added two more children to the family.
They moved to southern California for seven years, then moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he and Jan owned and operated a medical clinic for 20 years. Scott also worked in the Department of Corrections as a supervising physician. In 2005, they moved to Granger, Ind., where he lived out the remainder of his life.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many leadership capacities. Scott was a musician and loved to sing solo or in a choir. He was a talented actor and performed in many theatrical productions. He enjoyed playing golf, handball, skiing and other athletic activities. His lifelong dream of being a pilot was realized when he earned his private license while living in Alaska.
Dr. Kiester is survived by his loving wife of 41 years; and eight children, Jesse Daniel III (Kathleen) Kiester of Portland, Ore., Winfield Scott (Gwen) Kiester II of Gainesville, Ga., Phillip Douglas (Carol) Kiester of Irvine, Calif., Polly (Robert) Dunn of Springville, Utah, Stephen Richard (Sonja) Kiester of North Augusta, S.C., Katherine (Robert) Peterson of Hickory, N.C., Michelle (John) Karren of Granger, Ind., and Tracy Jason (Janie) Kiester of Niles, Mich. Also surviving are 31 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna Gibson of Butler, Pa., and Frances Bales of Lehi, Utah. He was preceded in death by five siblings.
Funeral services for Dr. Kiester will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 930 Park Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Bishop Thomas Robinson will preside. Graveside services and burial will follow at the Adamsville Cemetery, Adamsville/Edwardsburg, Mich.
Friends are invited to attend the viewing from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, with the funeral immediately following at the same location.
Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the Kiester family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 29, 2017