Albert William Sester completed his earthly journey Saturday night, January 18, 2020, in Topeka at home with his loving family caring for him. He was born in Wamego, KS on October 12, 1926, to Leo L. and Ethel M. (Pierson) Sester. Al was the second child of 3 boys and 6 girls. He spent summers on his grandparent’s farm helping work the farm. One job included driving a team of horses to haul the hay. The family called him “Bud” since his grandpa and uncle were also name Albert. He starred in football at Wamego High School before moving to Topeka and attending Seaman High School. He played basketball and football there before being drafted into the Navy in December of 1944.
Al fell in love and married Betty Marie Cook on December 21, 1947. They were in the same class at Seaman High School but never dated until after his discharge from the Navy. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with the family just 2 months prior to Betty’s passing in 2018. Al loved family get-togethers with son, daughters, and grandchildren: Allen Sester with children Ben, Adam, Nick, and Danielle; Janet and Tom Holcomb; Barb and Chris Knoebber; Pam and Doyle Pollom of Meriden with children Justin, Derek, and Amy; Deb and Gilbert Hooper of Wichita with children Andrew, Jordan, and Mikah. Great grandchildren Noah, Audrey, Nolan (Danielle); Araya, Abby (Adam and Amber); Kimber, Nate, Jace (Justin); Landyn (Derek and Katie); Lexi, Bo (Andrew and Leslie). Al enjoyed monthly lunches with sisters Virginia and Jane. Sister Sandra and brother Bill would join the group when they could. Four siblings no longer living are Aileen (Ike), Eugene (Gene), Donna, and Pauline (Polly).
Al was inducted into the Navy and traveled to Ill, Wis, Wash, USNRS Navy 3237 to Eniwetok (an island in the north Pacific), and California before being discharged on June 28, 1946. He went to Clarks School of Business for training in bookkeeping which lead to employment at Martin Lumber Co. for 29 years as the company bookkeeper and salesperson. Upon closing of the business, he worked with Charlie Baer remodeling houses. Al was happy as long as he was busy helping and doing for others.
Al was a 50+ year member of the Moose Lodge #555, serving as governor 1975-76. Everyone liked playing bingo at the Moose when Al was the caller, which he did for many years while his wife Betty worked in the snack bar. They spent many Friday and Saturday nights dancing to live bands, eating in the dining room, going to meetings, making peanut brittle, playing cards, as well as Al doing the maintenance on the building and bartending at the Moose. They made many special friends there.
Al coached the Cosmo Baseball League in the 1960’s and the Babe Ruth League ages 13-15 (Ira Price Reds). He began his coaching when son Allen starting playing ball and continued for a total of 7 years in the Babe Ruth League. Ira Price would treat the team to chicken dinners at his café on Hi-way 24. Ira didn’t want a million dollars, just a million friends.
Al grew up hunting and fishing and continued doing so throughout his life, hunting mostly deer later in life on family property. The family vacations were camping and fishing trips. He loved to go fishing, talk about fishing, and eat what he caught. His children and grandchildren joined him on many of his fishing adventures at private ponds and area lakes. Did we mention that he liked to fish?
There will be a Celebration of Life February 29, 2020, from 5-7 pm at the IBEW Local 226 hall, 1620 NW Gage Blvd. (off of Lower Silver Lake Road just east of Skinners Nursery)
The family thanks Midland Hospice for their help and support. This allowed the family to care for Al in his home until it was time…… he’s gone fishing.