Elder Ronald Jester

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Elder Ronald W. Jester, 75, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2021, peacefully at his home.

Elder Jester was born on February 23, 1946, to the late Homer and Virginia Jester in Mansfield, Ohio. He was a 1965 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. serving in the Vietnam war always honoring the Corps’ “Semper Fidelis” (“Always Faithful”) motto. Elder Jester was a dedicated member of Maddox Memorial Church for 30 years where he served as the President of the Pastoral Anniversary Committee (under Elder Aaron Williams, Sr.), Advisory Director (under Aaron Williams, Jr.) and faithfully served the Lord. He loved Christ, he loved his Church, and he loved his community and being known as: Pop Jester, Uncle Deac, Coach Jester, Kodiak, Master DI (drill instructor), Chisco, friend and Elder Jester. He was employed by the City of Mansfield and was 27 years retired from Gormon Rupp, where he was respected by his peers and cultivated long lasting friendships.

Elder Jester loved and cherished his wife of 54 years, Yvonne Jester, lovingly known to only him as his “Hunzy”. He exemplified his love for her every day of his life by acts of kindness, loving kisses, serenades and providing a hedge of protection for his wife. He guided, guarded and governed the affairs of his home until the day he went home to be with the Lord. In addition to being a loving husband to his wife, he was a father, grandfather, cousin, friend, and community father to many.

Elder Jester leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Yvonne (Luben); 4 children: Ronald L. (Vanessa) Jester; Carlton A. Jester; Mario D. Jester and Darrell W. Jester, of Overland Park, KS.; 8 Grandchildren: Kiara Jester, Demario Jester, Teal Jester, Dorian Jester, Darien Jester, Jasmine Jester, Daris Jester and Dezmien Jester; 4 great-grandchildren and host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and church family who expressed unconditional love for him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Virginia Jester and his sister Joyce Jester.
Visitations 6-8pm Thursday December 16, 2021 at Maddox Memorial COGIC and Friday December 17, 2021 at 10am until start of the Home Going Service at 11am. Interment with Military Honors at Mansfield Cemetery.
Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD 753 McPherson St (formerly Williams Funeral Services). To order flowers, view video tribute and to offer condolences to The JESTER Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

Condolence Messages

  1. Charles and Patti ( Cash) Ray

    Praying for the Family.

  2. Sending condolences and praying for Ronald Jester family in this time of bereavement.

  3. My condolences to Mother Jester and family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I was honored to be member of the Mansfield District Drill Team ran by Elder Jester. He had us together, we was one the best teams around. He will be missed. I love all of you from Valeria Delk & Family

  4. Rita and Jean Shoulderd

    I am so sorry for your loss.He was a very very good friend of mine.A wonderful wonderful person.Love You And Rest In Peace.In The Name Of Jesus Amen.‍♂️❤️

  5. One of the fondest memories I have of Elder Jester is working with the youth doing military drill. The detail and precision our kids displayed when they drilled was reflective of his love and dedication. I’m grateful for his faithfulness to God, his family, and the many young men and women whose lives he touched. Semper Fi (always faithful) describes his life and service.

  6. Barbara Boswell-Bowen

    I am so sorry to have heard of Ronald’s passing, such a kind nice man from his childhood until his passing! Sending prayers for you Yvonne, the family and friends! Praying God will keep you lifted up❤️

  7. My condolences to the family

  8. Yvonne and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and with you. May Jehovah God strengthen you during this difficult trial.
    Love you

  9. Beulah (Harris) Wiley

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  10. My Sincere Sympathy To The Family of Mr. Jester.

  11. Joseph and Patricia A. Johnson

    To the family of Elder Ronald Jester,
    We send our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    We pray for your comfort and peace through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  12. Shepherdess Karen Bowen

    My prayers and condolences to Mother Jester that God will sustain and strengthen you during this time of grief. We serve a wonderful God and we entrust you to him.

  13. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Jester family and friends. We pray that God wraps His arms around you and gives you peace during this most difficult time. We will continue to pray that God strengthens you all in the days to come and that your precious memories will help to lighten your hearts.

    Rosie Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence and Carmen

  14. Shade' Ojibe (Jeanne English)

    Ronald was a dear childhood friend who remained kind and loving throughout his life.
    I was Blessed to have such a friend. Condolences to Yvonne and family.
    GOD Bless you all.

  15. Christine Canada English

    Sorry for your lost..sleep in heavenly peace my friend…you will be missed by many..

  16. Rev Dr Richard & Mrs Karen Hoard

    Our condolences to the Jester family. Please know that earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.
    Rest in Heaven my brother.

  17. Curt and Miriam Elmore

    We were blessed with our friendship with Vonne and Ronnie for many years. God blessed us to visit in their home and talk on the phone and stay connected. We are both saddened that Ronnie is no longer here, but thankful because we know he died in the Lord. Vonne, our love for you is never ending. See you tomorrow.

  18. Patricia G Harris

    To the Jester family: With deepest sympathy for your loss. He will always be remembered as my schoolmate and friend.

  19. Doris Feagin,Bryce Feagin and James Estrada

    To the Jester Family our heart felt condolences and prayers during and after this difficult time may God’s presence be a constant source of comfort

  20. Jeff, Roz, Willie Crittenden and Zonie McCowan

    We send our sincere condolences to the entire family!

  21. Clarissa Clemons

    To our cousin Yvonne and the Jester family. Elder Ronald Jester was known to the Clemons family as “Cousin Ronnie”. He was always our rock in time of need when a loved one was sick or about to make their transition. His prayers and faithfulness to his assignment to lead others to the Lord was beyond measure. With so many family members he went all the way while giving comfort to the ones left behind. Yvonne you know well that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So just know as Cousin Ronnie left this earthly realm he was immediately met with a cheer from all those loved ones that he had ushered in. And I know the first thing he heard was “Well done! My good and faithful servant! Well Done!” May the God of all comfort be with you and the family.

  22. Raymond & Aletha Miller

    Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  23. Sister Mary Bridges

    Mother Jester and family I truly am so sorry to hear of the homegoing of our beloved Elder Jester. My fond memories of him will be him going forth praising God in his holy dance. Know you and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  24. Queen Dulin and Ronald McKinney

    Your family is in our prayers. Sorry for your loss.

  25. Jametta Kennebrew

    My condolences and prayers for the Jester family. RIP Mr.Jester!!!

  26. Emma Smith Thompson

    Love and prayers of comfort.

  27. Debbie S Jefferson

    Rest in paradise he was a very special man of God!@

  28. Betty Palmer-Harris

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the Jester family in the loss of your love one. May God keep you at this time of bereavement.

  29. My condolences and prayers to the Jester Famliy

  30. RIH Unc Deac. I thank you for all you’ve done and joy you’ve brought into my life. You ARE one of a kind. You will truly be missed. Hate I can’t come and celebrate your life with you. Love you Praying for your (my) family.

  31. My deepest sympathy to Yvonne, sons and the rest of the family. May you find peace in our Father’s promises.

  32. To the Jester family. We are so glad we got to know Eld Jester. My family has known him for a long time. He has been with my family during good and some trying times. We have traveled together, gone out to eat and just had a lot of family fun time together. Whenever we had sadness, grief and happy times he was there. Rest In Peace Eld Jester. We love you and Mo Jester and family❤️❤️Gwen and Chester Butler

  33. Patricia A. Martin

    My sincere condolences to the Jester family. Deacon Jester was a childhood friend, him and his sister. We grew up and accepted Christ in our lives and became Elders in our churches. He will surely be missed. Rest my friend

  34. Walter Alexander (Genie)

    Yvonne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was my big brother across the street. He was a good friend and a better man, husband, and father. Grief is a normal reaction to the loss of a loved one. Jesus understood that when his friend Lazarus died, but he resurrected him. At John 5:28,29 Jesus assures all of us that the resurrection of the dead is a sure thing, and we will see Ronnie again. Until then, let God’s word and his Holy Spirit comfort you. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Our prayers are with and for you.

  35. Christine A Harris

    I was sorry to here of Ronnie’s passing. May Jehovah God grant you peace during this difficult time.

  36. Elder Carrell Gandy

    To Mother Jester and family,
    I pray that God’s peace and strength be with you. I am sorry for your loss it hit me a little hard just to hear about Ronnie. We all went to school together as kids. Just know that I will continue to pray for you. Love you

  37. Bridgette L Taylor

    Prayers of comfort and peace for the family and friends. My deepest condolences to you all.

  38. For The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh away, Blessed be The Name of The Lord. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For Elder Jester was a Good person I will always remember the plays and how he used to come and get us and after the plays we would go out to pizza hut. I pray during this hour of breifmeant that Our Lord Jesus Christ will comfort you all and keep you all safe. Bro. Michael L King & family

  39. Jo an Scob Lindsay

    Praying for you and family Vonn, I know how you two loved each other and God. Our deepest sorrow to you and family.

  40. Elder Carrell Gandy

    I am sorry for your loss. Just know that I am praying for your family. I pray that God grace and mercy will be with you in this time of need. My heart was sadden to hear of your loss.

    May the grace God be with you.

  41. Mystro& Missy Patricia MCCRUTER, you have our deepest and heartfelt condolences, praying, God’s Strength to you and family…

  42. Nakita Bonds-Johns

    My condolences and prayers to the Jester family. I will remember Elder Jester for his kindness. I wanted to be apart of the drill team so bad, but I didn’t have transportation back and forth. He would allow me to meet him at his home and I could ride with him. I’ll never forget that. Rest in peace Elder Jester.

  43. To Mom Jester and Family.
    Extending my sincere condolences. Pop Jester will be tremendously missed. His heart for people will be missed! We will continue to pray for you all during this time!
    Love you,

  44. Pastor David Howell

    Apostle Dave Howe Powerhouse Worship Center our deepest condolence to the family

  45. Selena cunningham

    To my extended family may God keep you during this time I’m sadden too hear about the passing of pops he meant everything too me I’m so glad I had an opportunity to talk too him in August and Mrs Jester we was supposed too do dinner but I didn’t make it back in town he had such and impact on my life and I will forever be grateful rest peacefully pops until we meet again your daughter selena cunningham

  46. Elder David A. Thomas

    My most sincere condolences. Elder Jester was a very memorable and kind man. I will never forget the lessons and talks we had, especially when I first met him. He helped me with youth ministry and imparted his wisdom and grace. A hospitable man, but firm. Rest on, soldier!

  47. Ronnie was my childhood friend. He was quite a character when we were younger. Although he got saved he was still comical. Rest up my friend. Yvon my condolences to you and your family.



  49. To the Family of Elder Ronald Jester,
    Vonn and family, you are all in our prayers during this difficult time. Elder Jester was a kind and loving person who has contributed so much to the lives of many in this community. He will surely be missed by us all. God will see you through and remember the wonderful memories that all of us shared in knowing Elder Ronald Jester. Take care!
    With Love,
    Ruthie Johnson and Family

  50. My heart breaks hearing of the passing of Elder Jester. A man of faith who didn’t shrug at telling it as it is, with gentle kindness and consideration. He will always be in my heart and soul. Love you Elder Jester, rest now.

  51. Timothy Preston

    Rest Mr. Jester! I worked with him at Hedges Elementary School. His famous saying-YOU FALCONS GONNA LOSS. Rest in peace sir! My Condolences to the family!

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