In Memory

Donald Kester

Donald Kester



 
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03/24/18 05:48 PM #1    

Jane Yagerhofer (Miller)

My precious and beloved Don, I always thought you would live into your 90's like your father, who was 97 when you died on March 20, 2018--and he was going on 98 in May.  You told me that he was determined to live to be 100!  And I always though you would, too! You've been my "buddy" for so many years and it started in 8th grade when we sat beside each other in band.  There were others inbetween, and marriage/divorces, etc., but we could talk about ANYTHING!  And then when I said to you early in March that no one wants to grow old alone, after talking to Nancy Schumann Sweet about growing old alone, and I said to you that we should get married, I expected you to start laughing....  But there was a pregnant pause....  And you asked, "When can you get up here?"  Shocked, I don't even remember what I said but I spoke about my committments--church and P.E.O.-- and you gave a two to six week block of time to work with.  I wondered how much weight I could lose during that time but you said it didn't matter! Another time you said it would probably have to be in May because you had to go to Florida in April to see your Father--your brother Ken had just been this month (March).  That would work just fine, also.  We talked all the time...I'd call you from the grocery store...you said I never bothered you...  You told me everything.  People didn't know your heart of gold and caring and love of animals.  I'd cry when you'd tell me how you'd found another feral cat run over in the street in front of your house and you buried it.  You were the most learned man I ever knew (with more love, common sense, and kindness in you) than anyone I met in the 6 years I spent meeting "learned snobs" at Harvard Grad School" while married to my first spouse (the one my mother insisted I marry who started beating me 10 days after we got married but no one talked about that in 1966 and my mother forbade me from telling my father or anyone else).  You and my mother "got into it" our senior year and nothing could ever happen while she was living. We did get together years later and you did tell me I was the best lover you ever had....  I should have just packed my bag and flown to you 3/3/18 before your stroke on 3/10/18...at least we would have belonged to each other forever.  I never thought that our conversation on 3/9 would be our last....  I truly love you now and forever, Don, and I just cannot believe you are gone...but you will always be with me.  Yours, Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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