Sunday, April 21, 2024

Charles “John” Kesti


Charles “John” Kesti

Charles “John” Kesti passed away peacefully (or went to be with the Lord on July 1, 2023 at the age of 73) in his home in Brewster, Washington.

John lead a very fulfilled life with God, family and brethren.

John graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1967 and then served as a mechanic in the Coast Guard for two years, before he went to study photography at Lane Community College.

John was a man of many hats. His professions included: Finish (or half Finnish) Carpenter, mechanic, house painter, home inspector, truck driver and handy man for all things. He enjoyed collecting films and sharing them with his family. His other hobbies included restoring things and collecting guns, coins, and CD’s. He always loved the ocean and wanted to someday own a sailboat. John also had a passion for music and learned how to play the guitar. His favorite genres to listen to were blues and classic rock.

On December 6, 1975 John married the love of his life Fleda Elaine Easter.

Together they raised their seven children: Danese, LJ, Susan, Becky, Billy, Kerrie and Laura in the homestead they built together in Brewster, Washington in 1986.

Bro. John was baptized into the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn by Bro. Lester Clevenger on August 7, 1982.

Being a son of God, John enjoyed spending time around his brethren. Everyone saw the love and joy of serving God in him. He instilled his love for Jesus and the truth in his children. He was very thankful to see all of them get baptized into the faith.

John is survived by his sister Susan Carlotta Kesti of Lebanon, Oregon; his seven children: daughter Danese Easter of Portland, Oregon, son, John Kesti and daughter- in-law Heather Kesti of Cushing, Oklahoma, daughter Susan Kesti and son-in-law Chris Tingle of Monroe, Washington, daughter Rebecca Gibson and son-in-law Zachary Gibson of Delta, Colorado, son William Kesti and daughter-in-law Abigail Kesti of Brewster, Washington, daughter Kerrie Rossiter and son-in-law Bryan Rossiter of Sacramento, California, daughter Laura Martin and son-in-law Isaiah Martin of Malott, Washington and 10 grandchildren, Gavyn, Harley, Callyn, Alayna, Judah, Brynlee, Jolene, Benjamin, Emersyn and Abel as well as many brother-in-laws, sister -in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Merlotte Jordan, father Alfred John Kesti, wife Fleda Elaine Easter and grandson Bryce Carter Rossiter.

John loved the Lord with all of his heart and clung onto Him with all of his strength until his last day. The example he set and the faith that he had made an impression on his children and the brethren that cared for him. He will be remembered and missed by many.