Mar. 31, 1924 - Apr. 22, 2013

Oscar Stanley Hester, Jr., 89, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at El Centro Regional Medical Center from a heart attack.
He is survived by his sons, Oscar S. Hester, III, Gregory Lewis Hester, and Orben Sidney Hester,
Sr.; his daughters, Zondra Lynn Hester and Paula Jo Hester; his grandchildren, Jerry Edward Davis, Constance Annette Davis, Joseph Patrick Davis, Richard Gregory Hester, Oscar Stanley Hester, IV, Francis Adrian Gallagher, John Mark Gallagher, Erin Hester, Greg Lewis Hester, Mary Elizabeth Hester, Orben Sidney Hester, Jr. and Brooke Irene Hester; and his great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and surviving sister, Catherine Purcella and many nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Heber, the son of Oscar Stanley Hester, Sr., and Sylvia Hester, he was a lifelong resident of Imperial Valley. He married Shirley Jeanne Werdmen in Yuma, Arizona, in November 21, 1946, and remained married for 54 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Hester was a farmer, having worked for Adamek and Dessert, Dessert Seed, Co., and 3D Cattle for 45 years. He retired in 1995 to care for his wife, who died previously in 1999. Following his retirement, he maintained a small beekeeping business that provided pollination service to local farmers of Imperial Valley.
He attended Central Union High School from 1937 to 1941. He served with distinction in Company K of the Sixty-Sixth Infantry of the United States Army from May 18, 1944, to June 15, 1946. He saw combat in Central Europe during World War II and, while stationed in Rhineland, he received the EAME Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Ribbon (Germany), the Victory Ribbon and two Overseas Bars.
Mr. Hester had a passion for animal husbandry, gardening, and farming. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9 a.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary, followed by a private graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2013