April 23, 1946 - May 4, 2022
Richard was 76 when he passed away peacefully at UPMC Cole Medical Center, Coudersport, PA surrounded by his loving family. Born to Richard Marvin Kesterke, Sr. & Dorothy Hammond Kesterke, later raised by Harry N. Friends & Dorothy H. Kesterke Friends, all pre-deceased. He leaves behind his two children, Richard M Kesterke, III (wife-Joy) of Lawrenceville, PA a daughter Lisa M Kesterke Bates (husband-Wayne) of Lebanon, PA. Grandchildren, Brandon Bates of Schuylkill Haven, PA (currently deployed), Amanda Bates, Lebanon, PA & Alyse Mitchell of Miami, FL Siblings, Leah Friends Miller (husband – Chris) of Naples, NY, Candace Friends Foley (husband – Pat) of Millerton, PA, Terri Friends Kramer (husband – Bob) of Irmo, SC & Sherri Friends Foster (husband – Chuck) of Watsontown, PA. Several nieces & nephews & also great nieces & nephews whom he also loved dearly. Ex-wife, mother of his children & loving friend Jeannette K. Henninger Kesterke of Lawrenceville, PA. His sister, Suzanne Kesterke Peters (husband – Donnie) of Apollo Beach, FL passed away one day after Richard on May 5, 2022. Richard was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather & friend. His love for his children & grandchildren could never be denied. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force & had a career for many years as an Air Traffic Controller at Chemung County Airport in NY. He then became a Computer Aided Engineer & worked for both Hardinge & Hilliard Corp of NY. He was also a longtime member of the Masons which he was proud to be a part of. After retirement he moved to Panama for a few years & returned to the states & lived in Apollo Beach, FL. He enjoyed the outdoors, the mountains, the beach, the lakes & his lifelong hobbies included, golf, swimming, hunting, camping, dancing & socializing with friends & family. He was a jack of all trades to his family & friends, mechanic, carpenter, baseball coach, outdoorsman & he always had a passion for guns, an NRA member & had a gun shop in the family home. He loved planes, trains & cars, especially antique. He was very passionate about politics & life experiences & loved to share his stories & views. He was a very smart, witty, funny & loving man to all who knew him & we will miss him dearly. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held at 10:30AM on Friday, May 27th, at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A procession will be forming at 9:30AM on Friday at Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 618 E. Main St. Annville, PA 17003.
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