Eugene ‘Gene’ Kester, 83

Eugene "Gene" Kester of Cedarburg passed away at his residence on July 4, 2011, at the age of 83.

He was born April 12, 1928, in Antigo, the son of Kenneth and Elizabeth Schroepfer Kester. Eugene served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1957, he began his career at EST Co. in Grafton, rising to president and general manager in 1982, and retiring in 1996. On June 8, 1983, he married Sandra Drzewiecki.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; children Linda Kester of Fond du Lac and James (Renee) Kester of Rockford, Mich.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Rita) Kester of Watertown and Donald (Barbara) Kester of Sussex; his sister, Elizabeth Fausek of West Allis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Dolores; son, Richard; daughter, Eugenie; and two brothers, Ralph and Richard.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, with a service at 6 p.m. Private entombment will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Disabled American Veterans are appreciated.