Donald R. Kested

Mr. Donald R. Kested, 91, of Gloversville passed away peacefully on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Nathan Littauer Hospital. Mr. Kested was born January 20, 1923, in Gloversville, son of the late Benjamin and Mary Frank Kested. Don was educated in Gloversville schools and graduated Gloversville High School. He served in the Navy from 1942-1946 as a pharmacist’s mate, which included tours of duty in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters. Only recently, Don received numerous medals from that action. He considered it a special privilege to have recently participated in the Honor Flight Program.

Upon completion of military service, Don began his career at General Electric in Schenectady. He worked in the steam turbine division as a valve assembly technician, and was very proud of his work. Earlier in life, Don was a member of the Yellow Jackets Drum & Bugle Corps of the American Legion. Some of his hobbies include deep sea fishing, collecting replica model trains and cars and playing cards or horseshoes. Devoted to his church, Don held numerous offices throughout his 81 years of church membership. He also was a choir member, usher and participated in the afterschool program and Bible study. Don was a former member of the Merchant’s Bowling League and the Forester’s Lodge. A loving family man, perhaps his greatest enjoyment was activities with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Rekemeyer Kested of Gloversville, whom he married October 25, 1947. Don is survived by three children: Cheryl Kennedy (Richard) of Gloversville, Martin Kested (Nancy) of Johnstown, and Donna Rivera of Garden Grove, CA. He also is survived by five grandchildren: Jennifer Kested, Brian Kested, Nicholas Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy and Brandon Rivera. Additionally, he leaves a great-grandson, Zachary Kennedy; several nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Arlene Ellis.

A prayer service will be held at 10:15 am Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, with the Rev. Edward A. Hackett Jr., pastor of Foothills United Methodist Church, officiating, followed by a funeral service at the Foothills United Methodist Church at 11 am officiated by Pastor Hackett. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 28, 2014, from 4-6 pm. Burial with military honors will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Foothills United Methodist Church, 17 Fremont St., Gloversville, NY 12078. Please visit the family online guestbook at