Harold H. Jester Jr.
December 01, 1959 ‒ March 06, 2020
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.