Harold H. Jester Jr.

December 01, 1959 ‒ March 06, 2020

LaRue, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Harold H. Jester Jr., age 60, of LaRue, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.

On December 1, 1959, Harold was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the son of the late Helen K. (Hornbeck) Jester and Harold H. Jester Sr.  He graduated from Elgin High School in the class of 1979.

During school, Harold fell for one of his classmates, Kathy J. Holycross, and they quickly knew they were meant for one another.  They were married on February 24, 1978, and have cherished their forty two years of marriage together.

For many years, Harold worked at Marion City Schools, both as a custodian and as a mechanic in the bus garage.  With the schools, he truly loved working with the kids and always a stash of snacks ready for them.

One of Harold’s favorite pastimes was tinkering in the garage working on cars.  He especially enjoyed working on older cars, and had a 1949 Ford that was very dear to his heart.

A “big teddy bear,” Harold was a very outgoing and loving man.  He never met a stranger, and often made friends in minutes.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand, and he deeply loved his family and cherished every moment spent with them.

Harold will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Kathy Jester; two daughters: Jennifer Jester and Angela (Christopher) Mermann; step-mother, Shelba Jester; eight brothers and sisters: Robert (Sheryl) Jester, Bill (Rita) Maniaci, Tim Napper, Rick (Tammy) Napper, Kathy (Frank) Frazinni, Melissa (Geneva) Holycross, Russell Holycross, and Kenneth Holycross; uncle, Earl (Linda) Hornbeck; two aunts: Agnus (Bob) Schoder and Norma Jean Jester; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, close friends, and neighbors.

Including his parents, Harold was preceded in death by: Carol Smith, Kermit Smith, David Napper, Raymond Holycross, Pat (Edward) Holycross, Rikki Smith, and several more aunts and uncles.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 5:30 pm, with Rev. Bill Maniaci officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date in Prospect Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with unexpected expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Harold’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Kathy and family. Prayers for all of you, at this time of your loss. I love you all.

  • April and rest of the family,,

    Our prayers are with you and ur family sorry to hear of losing ur uncle it sound lime was great loving person if any of u need anything let us know
    God bless u all

    Rick and Jimi Clark

  • So sorry for your loss, may God bless you & keep you! In our thought & prayers!
    Steve & Melinda Mosley 🙏🏻

  • We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Please know that we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers, asking for peace and comfort for your entire family.
    Bill and Betty McElroy

  • Sorry for your loss Harold was a good guy he sure will be missed around the neighborhood. Prayers for all of you through this hard time

  • Kathy and family y’all have the most precious things in your heart. Cherish every memory you have ever had, no one can ever take those away.
    God bless y’all , your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this difficult time.

  • Harold was truly one of the kindest, loving and hardest working human beings on the planet. He was one of those rare people that you wanted your children to be around and that you hope your children would grow up to be like.

    I had the pleasure of working with Harold for almost 15 years. During that time I watched him interact and work with hundreds of kids and they ALL loved Harold. To this day I run into kids who worked for me or were students where we worked several years ago and they always ask about Harold and talk about how much they enjoyed being around him.

    We’ve lost another good one and he can’t be replaced…