Ernest "Harold" Kesterson

January 24, 1931April 28, 2018

Ernest “Harold” Kesterson, 87, of Washington, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. Harold was born January 24, 1931 in Washington, WV to Marshall and Ava Oma {Curry} Kesterson. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1949. Harold served in the US Navy during the Korean War and was honorable discharged in 1954. Harold married Eileen Godleman on October 4, 1952. He worked for Dupont for 39 years and retired in 1993. Harold was a former member of the Lions Club. He loved motorcycles, his truck and special dog Muffin. Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Eileen of 65 years; children Maureen (Lee) Sylvester of Washington, Dwayne (Anita) Kesterson of Davisville, WV and Todd (Gail) Kesterson of Washington, WV; grandchildren Jason (Heather) Sylvester, Jessica (Ryan) Cochran, Jenni (Danny) Smicker, Travis (Jessica) Kesterson, Justin (Shalene) Kesterson, Megan (Josh) Knotts, Brandon (Christine) Kesterson ; great-grandchildren Mackenzie Sylvester, Brayden Sylvester, Drew and Brody Cochran, Lexi Delaney, Benson and Kason Smicker, Kinsley and Kara Kesterson, Carson and Case Knotts, baby Caroline on the way, Indie and Myles Kesterson; brother William Kesterson of Washington and sister Glenda Lee (Carl) Tucker of Washington. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Betty. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Morgan officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Online tributes may be made at


  • Eileen (Godleman) Kesterson, Wife
  • Maureen (Lee) Sylvester, Child
  • Dwayne (Anita) Kesterson, Child
  • Todd (Gail) Kesterson, Child
  • Jason (Heather) Sylvester, Grandchild
  • Jessica (Ryan) Cochran, Grandchild
  • Jenni (Danny) Smicker, Grandchild
  • Travis (Jessica) Kesterson, Grandchild
  • Justin (Shalene) Kesterson, Grandchild
  • Megan (Josh) Knotts, Grandchild
  • Brandon (Christine) Kesterson, Grandchild
  • Mackenzie Sylvester, Great Grandchild
  • Brayden Sylvester, Great Grandchild
  • Drew Cochran, Great Grandchild
  • Brody Cochran, Great Grandchild
  • Lexi Delaney, Great Grandchild
  • Benson Smicker, Great Grandchild
  • Kason Smicker, Great Grandchild
  • Kinsley Kesterson, Great Grandchild
  • Kara Kesterson, Great Grandchild
  • Carson Knotts, Great Grandchild
  • Case Knotts, Great Grandchild
  • Caroline Kesterson, Great Grandchild
  • Indie Kesterson, Great Grandchild
  • Myles Kesterson, Great Grandchild
  • William Kesterson, Brother
  • Glenda Lee (Carl) Tucker, Sister
  • Marshall Kesterson, Father
  • Ava Oma (Curry) Kesterson, Mother


  • Visitation Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ernest "Harold" Kesterson

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Serena Kimble

April 30, 2018

We were so sorry to see this in the newspaper today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was such a kind, happy always smiling person. I sometimes took his water bill payment. We will miss him.

Rocky, Kelle, Corey, Serena and Aaron

mike baker

April 30, 2018

Hello Jason,

I am sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Though I did not know him, knowing you tells me that he must have been a pretty good man. Cherish your memories of your grandfather.


Mike Baker

Vicki Fish Gibson

April 30, 2018

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I am in Florida and can only be there in spirit. I have many memories of growing up with your family. Happy, fun memories of a time gone by. But my memories pale to the lifetime of memories you all share. My sympathies are with you. Love ❤️ Vicki