C. Howard Jestes, age 87, of Edwardsville, Illinois died at 9:56 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
Howard was a retired chemical worker having worked for Allied Chemical in Washington Park, Illinois.
He was born August 17, 1927, at Wood River, Illinois the son of the late Clarence Hays & Stella (Kahl) Jestes.
He married Norma G. Fields on October 25, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsville.
Besides his wife Norma he is survived by 2 sons, Jeffrey H. Jestes & wife Monica of Edwardsville and James F. Jestes & wife Thea of Millstadt, Illinois; 4 grandchildren, Rebecca & Jessica Jestes, Shelby Jestes, and Geoffrey Jestes.
Howard was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Alice Jestes and Janet Loew.
Howard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsville. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II
and the Army National Guard during the Korean War
. He was also a member of the Edwardsville Masonic Lodge #99 A.F. & A.M., Edwardsville Moose Lodge #1561, and the Boy Scouts of America. Howard was a wood carver and taught classes at the Senior Citizens in Edwardsville.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the funeral home with Dr. John Hembruch officiating.
Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsville.
Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com.