1960 - 2016

Mark A. Kester, 56, of Pekin, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.

Mark was born Oct. 24, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo., to Oliver and Mary Green Kester. He married Rhonda Brackney Feb. 28, 2006, in Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are his wife, Rhonda of Pekin; one son, Jake (Bridget) Kester of Tremont; one daughter, Tabitha (Donald Dillion) Kester of Pekin; one stepson, David ( Emily) Brackney of South Pekin; one stepdaughter, Alicia (Zach) Parkinson of Pekin; one granddaughter and three step-grandchildren; one brother, Mickey (Kathie) Kester of Topeka; three sisters, Diana Johnson and Vickey Major, both of Pekin, and Tina (Tom) Hanson of Amarillo, Texas.

Mark worked at Komatsu as a welder for 12 years, last working in September 2016. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and mushrooming. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be at a later date. He had requested his body be donated to medical science.

Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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