John W. Kestner, Sr., 72, of Wooster, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday evening, Dec. 22, 2012, at Wooster Community Hospital.
He was born on March 26, 1940, in Glade Springs, Va., to Earnest and Virginia C. (Null) Kestner and has lived in the Wooster area for the last 45 years.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict for nine years. He started working at Akron Brass and then with Wayne Steel as a fabricator for many years before his retirement.
He married Iris D. Faught on Oct. 6, 2001, in Smithville. She survives.
He attended the Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster; enjoyed playing the banjo and loved listening to bluegrass music.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, Jon W. Kestner, Jr., of Wooster and James E. (Angie) Kestner of Ferndale, Wa.; seven daughters, Deborah (Dave) King of North Canton, Nancy M. (Paul) Markel of Biloxi, Miss., Jerri Lee Bragg of Alvin, Texas, Terri Harrouff of Austin Town, Judie (John) Hoyman of Millersburg, Julie (Albert) Gilbert of Wooster and Tracy Kolarovsky of Smithville; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several sisters and brothers all of Virginia; and his faithful canine companion, "Lady."
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Lee Kestner.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 27, at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, 2284 Benden Drive, Wooster, with the Rev. Dr. Allan Nathan officiating. Interment with military honors was at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman